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Furniture element: ram with bitumen-lined socket

Period:
Early Dynastic IIIa
Date:
ca. 2600–2500 B.C.
Geography:
Mesopotamia, Nippur
Culture:
Sumerian
Medium:
Gypsum alabaster, bitumen
Dimensions:
2.2 x 1.5 x 3.78 in. (5.59 x 3.81 x 9.6 cm)
Classification:
Stone-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
62.70.4
Not on view
1960–61, excavated on behalf of the Joint Expedition to Nippur (Baghdad School of the American Schools of Oriental Research and The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago); acquired by the Museum in 1962, as a result of its financial contribution to the excavations.

“The Art of Sumer and Akkad: Mesopotamia and Iran in the Third Millennium B.C.” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 3, 1973–May 27, 1973.

“The Beauty of the Beasts.” Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, November 15, 1992–May 30, 1993.

Wilkinson, Charles K. 1962. "Near Eastern Art". The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 21 (2), Ninety-Second Annual Report of The Trustees for The Fiscal Year 1961-1962 (Oct., 1962), p. 84.

Crawford, Vaughn E., Prudence Oliver Harper, Oscar White Muscarella, and Beatrice Bodenstein. 1966. Ancient Near Eastern Art: Guide to the Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 8, fig. 7.

Mc Keon, John F.X. 1973. The Art of Sumer & Akkad, exh. cat. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, p. 20.
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