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 purity.

 


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