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An Exhibition of Ancient Mesopotamian Art

A Gathering of the Gods - the Power of Mesopotamian Religion

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Sumerian Mother-of-Pearl Inlay: a Bald-Headed Priest leading a Bull
Mesopotamia; circa 2500 BC; Height 1.5 inches

The square plaque made for inlay into furniture or, perhaps, a musical instrument is incised with the figure of a standing bald-headed priest walking to the right and leading a long-horned bull. The priest grasps the bull by its head. Perhaps a ritual scene in a temple is represented here. Four large unopened floral buds decorate the background. A finely executed miniature artwork, this was once part of a luxury item. The original pearl, pink and turquoise colors of the mother-of-pearl shell are still vibrant.