Sumerian Footed Vessel

£ 975.00

A Sumerian terracotta vessel with feet and double handle. Formed from buff-coloured clay, this vessel features a squared body, with rounded angles, with arm-like handles and four feet, characteristic of Sumerian pottery. The body is incised with a beautiful chevron pattern on each side, and overall produces a characterful little vase. A very fine example of Sumerian pottery.

Date: Circa 3rd-1st Millennium BC.
Provenance: Ex. S.M collection, London 1948-2000.
Condition: Very fine. Some earthly encrustations and discolouration.
Product Code: NES-71
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One of the earliest known civilisations in the world, the people of Ancient Sumer inhabited a region of southern Mesopotamia that extended up from the Persian Gulf into the fertile Tigris and Euphrates valleys, modern day Iraq and Kuwait. They populated part of the so-called Fertile Crescent, from around 4500 BC until an invasion by the neighbouring Elamites around 2000 BC. The fertility of these valleys allowed the Sumerians to grow an abundance of crops, creating a surplus that allowed for the creation of non-food-gathering roles, such as artists and artisans. The Sumerians are notable for a number of reasons; they created the oldest known writing system, known as cuneiform, the wheel, early mathematics, law and literature, and were some of the first brewers of beer.

To discover more about the ancient Sumerians, please visit our relevant blog post: Ancient Sumer and its Art.

Dimensions H 12 cm
Region

Near East (Western Asiatic)

Pottery

Terracotta

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