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The sun god Utu in a boat, holding a steering oar, accompanied by a goddess holding a standard. The boat's prow terminates in the torso of a god wearing a horned crown; the stern ends in a serpent's head. Between prow and stern are a human-headed animal, a bird, and a scorpion.


By 1985: Eshagh Sakhaei, Brighton, MA; 1985: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Sakhaei, 27 February 1985. (Accession date: February 27, 1985)

Credit Line

William Stevenson Smith Fund

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


Length x diameter: 2.6 x 1.3 cm (1 x 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; Limestone


The Ancient World