Chlorite Vessel Illustrating a Mythological Scene

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 20 February 2018

The outer side of this circular chlorite box was carved and it illustrates a mythological scene. A standing female has a long plaited hair. She wears a kilt incised with a crosshatching pattern. With her hands, she holds a pair of antithetical spotted snakes; the snakes have a dragon head and a gaping mouth. One of a pair of antithetical humped bulls appears on the left side. The other female figure (her left hand appears on the extreme left) holds the tails of these snakes with her hands. The box was made in modern-day Iran but it is said to be from Khafajeh (Tutub), modern-day Iraq. Early Dynastic Period, 2600-2400 BCE. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

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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