Warka Vase, Detail of Servant with Belt from Upper Frieze (top) and Treasure House (bottom), alabaster, Uruk, Early Sumerian, third quarter of fourth millenium BCE.
From the Uruk - Southern Mesopotamian Period, 4000 BCE - 3100 BCE
Found in Uruk (Warka)
The Warka vase was one of a pair found in the temple treasury at Uruk. The carved limestone vase depicts, in four registers, the food chain or four stages of life. In the first register, at the bottom, are found plants; animals in the second; humans carrying offerings of food in the third register; and at the very top a royal figure (denoted by his net skirt) stands before the goddess Inanna who receives the bounties of the earth. These two details show a servant holding the belt of the king or royal figure; while below are shown the contents of Inanna's treasure house, full of offerings.
Strommenger, Eva. 5000 Years of the Art of Mesopotamia. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1964, pl 21.