|Cylinder Seal Uruk
From the Uruk-Southern Mesopotamian Period, 3100 BCE - 4000 BCE
Found in provenance unknown. Uruk period seals often depicted scenes of a Fish-shepard God and priest king (also known as the shit stirring God) seen here wearing familar roll brimmed hat, hair bun and beard net, feeding his temple herd.The figure feeds flowery branches of rosettes which symbolises devotion (which are like the symbolic flowery rosesstes on western/european main entrance church windows.) Two rams flanked by the gate-post symbol for Goddess Inanna which suggest that these animals were associated with her temple. The new-born calf and grain jars suggest a preoccupation with daily survival and the ensuring of fertile herds and crops under the protection of both the Goddess and the deity God figure.
NFO REF: Horne, Lee and Richard L. Zettler. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1998, fg 38ab.
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