Warka Vase Depicting Inanna and Royal Figure, limestone, Uruk(Warka), Late Uruk, 3300/2900 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 'priest-king' (missing except for the bottom of his net skirt) stands before the goddess Inanna who receives the bounties of the earth.
Orthmann, Winfred. Der Alte Oriente. Berlin: Propylaen, 1975, pl 69ab.