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The Uruk Trough

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Uruk Trough
  • Description

    Drinking trough; limestone; wide convex ends; impractical, as if it were raised high enough to see the relief decoration, it could not be used as a trough or basin; probably a cult image in the temple of Inanna; decoration shows flocks of sheep approaching reed hut and lambs emerging from it; scene probably reflects fecundity of flocks under Inanna's protection; high volutes projecting from the hut and repeated elsewhere are symbols of the goddess as are rosettes on the ends; the right end of one side is a cast, the original being in Berlin.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 3300BC-3000BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 96.5 centimetres
    • Width: 35.5 centimetres
    • Height: 15.2 centimetres
    • Weight: 35 kilograms
  • Bibliography

    • Hall H R 1928d bibliographic details
    • Andrae 1930a (with photo of the Berlin fragment) bibliographic details
    • Reade 2000c p.81 bibliographic details
    • Delougaz P 1960a p.91 (reference to) bibliographic details
    • Frankfort H 1954a pl. 3c bibliographic details
    • Barnett & Wiseman 1969a pp 8-9 (Ph) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G56/dc7

  • Exhibition history


    2013 - 2014 3 Nov - 21 Apr, Herne, LWL Museum fur Archaologie, 'Uruk: 5000 Years of the Megacity'

    2013 25 Apr - 8 Sep, Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum, 'Uruk: 5000 Years of the Megacity'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1018 (NACF art review number)
    • VA 8768 (museum number of the fragment in Berlin)


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