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Wheeled Ram-Headed Vessel

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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.
CULTURE Mesopotamian
MEDIUM Terracotta
DATES second half 3rd 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)
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Shelby White
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Mesopotamian. Wheeled Ram-Headed Vessel, second half 3rd 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.77_threequarter_right_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE 87.77_threequarter_right_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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