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Terracotta: AN1968.391

Object: Quadruped

Period: Bronze Age: Akkadian to Old Babylonian Period

Dimensions: H: 5.3cm. L: 7.1cm.

Region: Sumer

Description: hand-modelled; baked; cream slip on pink fabric; legs and front of head missing; upright ears, with a crescentic upright mane clearly marked between them, suggest that this is an equid broken strips of applied clay run from behind each ear to the broken forepart of the head, where there are traces of a brow-band; broken rectangular appliqués over the strips on each side indicate a relatively elaborate harness; they might be blinkers. There is a bitumen patch over the back of the neck and on the broken stub of each leg as if for sealing or repairing the breaks.

Reference: ANET-23Bronze1MesII-Catalogue-1.