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Terracotta: AN1924.280

Object: Chariot model; two-wheel straddle car

Period: Bronze Age: Early Dynastic Period

Dimensions: H: 6.8cm. L: 5.3cm. W: 4.5cm.

Region: Sumer

Description: handmodelled; baked; buff fabric; encrusted with patches of salt; tall rectangular front rising to horn-shaped projections where the two holes for reins would be on the upper edge; the hole for the high arched pole is at the lower centre, pierced downwards diagonally into the body towards the hole for the axle running at right angles to it; saddle-seat for single occupant with a high back; probably originally draped with a skin; single set of plain solid wheels (1925.317-18), not necessarily those originally made for it, though the scale is right.

Reference: ANET-21Bronze1MesI-Catalogue.