Detail of Warka Vase [Top Register]


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 10 May 2019
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The votive or sacred Warka Vase is decorated with three horizontal registers and shows signs of repair in antiquity. The top register depicts a complete scene. Here, a male figure holds what appears to be a belly belt of priest or chieftain (now lost, his right leg only has survived). A collection of votive offerings also appears.

The Vase of Warka, is one of the priceless objects in the Iraq Museum and represents one of the earliest examples of surviving narrative art. It was excavated (in fragments) by a German excavation team in a temple complex dedicated to the goddess Inanna at the city of Uruk (in southern Iraq) in 1933-1934 CE.

It is about 1 meter tall. From Warka (ancient Uruk), Iraq. Jemdet Nasr Period, 3000-2900 BCE. On display at the Sumerian Gallery in the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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