Beaker with humans, serpent and lion
Near Eastern, Mesopotamian
Early Dynastic Period
Legacy dimension: H. 7"; W. 5"
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
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.
By 1980: with Nicholas Koutoulakis, Pro Arte, Geneva; 1980: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Koutoulakis.
(Accession date: February 20, 1980)
Egyptian Special Purchase Fund