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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq). .
  • copyright for image:  British School of Archaeology in Iraq
• museum number: -


excavation number: AbS1708


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 1.8; diam.: 1.1

material: shell with dark stains

date: -

description:
Rather shallowly carved scene showing two figures seated back-to-back on chairs, each holding a drinking cup before its face. The two drinkers face each other across a space which contains a damaged object (possibly a table with diagonally crossed struts below the top and two lines representing food above it) and an attendant who approaches the drinker on the right, raising his left had to the drinker's cup. The attendant appears to be wearing a split skirt which covers his right leg while his left leg curves forward, but more probably the line curving out from his waist is his right arm (compare attendant's arm on Amiet 1980, Pl. 90 1192 from Ur). For furniture in banquet scenes compare P. Amiet, La Glyptique Mesopotamienne Archaique 1980, Pl. 89 1175, 1178, Pl. 90 1181-1194.

status: feared to be stolen




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