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Beaker with humans, serpent and lion

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Beaker carved on the outside with a continuous frieze of struggling, monstrous creatures. Though probably made in Iran, the object is believed to be from Mesopotamia. An archaic Sumerian inscription roughly scratched into the surface states that it was dedicated at the temple of Enki, the chief...

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Provenance

By 1980: with Nicholas Koutoulakis, Pro Arte, Geneva; 1980: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Koutoulakis. (Accession date: February 20, 1980)

Credit Line

Egyptian Special Purchase Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Early Dynastic Period, 2900–2334 B.C.

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: H. 7"; W. 5"

Accession Number

1980.71

Medium or Technique

Chlorite

Collections

The Ancient World

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