SUMERIAN SCULPTURE

THE WARKA VASE

The detailed drawing above was made tracing a photograph ( Campbell, Shepsut) of the vase found at Uruk/Warka, dating from approximately 3100 BCE. It is over one meter (nearly 4 feet) tall. On the upper tier is a of a nude that may possibly represent the sacrificial king. He approaches the robed Inanna. Inanna wears a horned headdress.

The Queen of Heaven stands in front of two looped temple poles or “asherah,” phallic posts, sacred to the . A group of nude priests bring gifts of baskets of gifts, including, fruits to pay her homage on the lower tier. This vase is now at the in Bagdad.

“The Warka Vase, is the oldest ritual vase in carved stone discovered in and can be dated to round 3000 B.C. or probably 4th-3rd millennium B.C. It shows men entering the presence of his gods, specifically a cult goddess Innin (Inanna), represented by two bundles of reeds placed side by side symbolizing the entrance to a temple.

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