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.
second half 3rd millenium B.C.E.
Early Dynastic III Period, or later
9 x 4 x 9 in. (22.9 x 10.2 x 22.9 cm) (show scale)
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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)
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