Mesopotamian libation bowl

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Object: Mesopotamian libation bowl

Material: Alabaster.

Period: 3rd Millennium BC.
Bronze Age.

Description:    A mesopotamian tray for offerings. The flat bowl is lozenge shaped with one corner significantly elongated and curved to one side. This corner is modelled as a ram's head. It has plastically modelled horns and ears and drilled eyes and nose. The animal's mouth serves as a spout for libation.

Dimensions: 11cm long, 6cm wide, 2cm high.

Condition: Perfectly preserved. Bowl fully intact. Surface with interesting sintered patina. The eyes were probably once inlaid.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2021 on the british art market. Previously in a London based collection. Acquired 25 April 2012 at Bonhams, lot 149. Previously in an australian family collection. Acquired in the mid 1950ies on a travel to the Middle East.

References: There is an example of a mesopotamian offering vessel in the Museum of Bagdad in Iraq, however of very different shape. It is a jug that shares the function and the animal decorations with the piece described here. Made during the Jemdet Nasr period in the 3rd Millennium BC. A depiction can be found in L. Woolley, Mesopotamien und Vorderasien (1975), p. 41, fig. 13.

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