Goat in a Thicket in the Standard of Ur

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 14 April 2018

This is one of the scenes depicted on one of the sides of the Standard of Ur; this is not part of the so-called "Peace and War Scenes" of the Standard. Here, a rearing goat at a small tree or a shrub is flanked by two men. The man on the right is shorter than his counterpart, wears a flounced skirt, and holds a cup in his right hand. The man on the left wears a different skirt and faces the goat; he does not hold anything. The overall depiction of the goat is very similar to the so-called "Ram in a Thicket" statue, which was found at the Great Death Pit of the Royal Cemetry of Ur. The Standard of Ur is a (reconstructed) hollow box and its precise purpose is unknown. Shell, lapis lazuli, and bitumen; the wood is a modern one as the original wood had disintegrated. Early Dynastic Period, circa 2500 BCE. From the Royal Cemetry of Ur, Ur, Sothern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (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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