Sumerian Limestone Bull Cup

SKU: MS.0152

Origin: Mesopotamia
Circa: Late Uruk - Jamdat Nasr, 3300 BC to 2900 BC
Dimensions: 3.625" (9.3 cm) Length
Medium: Limestone

Conical in form on a flat base, carved in raised relief with four bulls in a procession to the right, each with its head turned out, with large oval eyes, a ridged poll and short downturned horns.

with Elias S. David (1891-1969), New York; thence by descent

Intact, with a dark brown patina. Minor surface wear and losses throughout.

According to L. Martin (p. 42 in J. Aruz, ed., Art of the First Cities, The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus), "Among material from the end of the Uruk period and the following Early Dynastic period, stone vessels are, after cylinder seals, the most important sources of pictorial information...vessels of this type were frequently found in palaces or religious structures, which suggests that they had a special function in such settings."

see L. Martin, Art of the First Cities, The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus, p.42, no. 12, op. cit.

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