Requires Photography

Vase

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
Jemdet Nasr Period
3100–2900 B.C.


Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

1993.7

Medium or Technique

Limestone

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund and William S. Smith Fund