Beaker with humans, serpent and lion

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

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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 shrine in Eridu, a thriving Sumerian seaport connected by canals to the Persian Gulf.

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