Wall Plaque Carved with Feasting Scene, stone, Found in Nippur.
From the Early Dynastic - Southern Mesopotamian Period, 2350
BCE - 2900 BCE
Wall plaques were found in several Early Dynastic temples in various Mesopotamian
locations, from Ur to Khafaje and Nippur, and although their exact function
is unknown, one has been found with an inscription stating it was for
support of a mace (commonly offered in temples). The scenes on the plaques
usually represent a feast, such as the example above, but the feasts have
been interpreted as being votive meaning done or given to fulfil a vow
or promise in nature, rather than celebratory. Orthmann, Winfred. Der
Alte Oriente. Berlin: Propylaen, 1975, pl 79b.
|Note the figure with the left foot bare holding the flag with cross,
which could represent the four corners of the world and religion.
The symbolic fish in Jewish symbolism is to have your eye's open in
fear since fish cannot close there eyes of which two figures are drinking
from the fish motif. The middle figures is sitting on a kid ram goat
and a adult ram goat is set upon by a lion bitting in to its back
bone representing fear and war. One figure has his leg bear as for