Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
Jemdet Nasr Period
height x width x diameter: 4.8 x 3.8 x 3 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Recumbent bull with a jar on its back. The object pairs the bull, symbol of fertility of the herds, with a container of grain. Many such objects are known; they were perhaps left as offerings to the gods, either in thanks for a bountiful harvest or in hope of continued prosperity.
By 1993: with the Mele Gallery, 147 E. 72 Street, New York, NY 10021; 1983: purchased by the MFA from the Mele Gallery, 27 January 1993.
Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund and William S. Smith Fund