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 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 excavated in both temples and houses. They were probably used in religious or funerary rituals.
- Medium: Terracotta
- Possible Place Made: 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) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 87.77
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Shelby White
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Model Cart, second half of the third millenium B.C.E. Terracotta, 9 x 4 x 9 in. (22.9 x 10.2 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Shelby White, 87.77. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)