Animal-shaped pottery vessels, mounted on oversized wheels, had a long history in the ancient Middle East. This early example has the head of a ram with curving horns. Liquid that was poured into the hole on top flowed out of the opening in the animal's snout. A loop on the front allowed the attachment of a cord so that the vessel could be pulled. Such vessels have been found in both houses and temples, and they were probably used in religious or funerary rituals.
- Medium: Terracotta
- Geographical Location: Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq, Turkey, & Syria)
- Dates: second half of the third millenium B.C.E.
- Period: Early Dynastic III Period, or later
- Dimensions: 9 x 4 x 9 in. (22.9 x 10.2 x 22.9 cm)
- Collection: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, EXHIBITION-3, ECAMEA-3J55
- Accession Number: 87.77
- Image: 87.77_threequarter_right_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, Nov 30, 2008