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Vase

Recumbent bull with a jar on its back. The object pairs the bull, symbol of fertility of the herds, with a container of grain. Many such objects are known; they were perhaps left as offerings to the gods, either in thanks for a bountiful harvest or in hope of continued prosperity.

Provenance

By 1993: with the Mele Gallery, 147 E. 72 Street, New York, NY 10021; 1983: purchased by the MFA from the Mele Gallery, 27 January 1993.

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund and William S. Smith Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian, Jemdet Nasr Period, 3100–2900 B.C.

Accession Number

1993.7

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels