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Terracotta: AN1924.281

Object: Chariot model; two-wheel straddle car

Period: Bronze Age: Early Dynastic Period

Dimensions: H: 11.1cm. W: 12cm.

Region: Sumer

Find Spot: Kish, (958: mount A, at the foot of the tell, 1m. deep)

Description: handmodelled; baked; buff fabric; encrusted with patches of salt; low front with incised lines possibly indicating whicker structure, damaged pair of holes for reins; high, partly hollow, arched body of a saddle-seat with crudely incised markings, perhaps to represent an organic cover (animal skin or textile); forward axle hole; front wider than body, with foot-holes for the feet of the driver when seated or standing, to protect his legs; hole ierced through for arched pole; single set of plain solid wheels (1925.294; 1925.297); not necessarily those made for it, though the scale is right.

Reference: Moorey (2004) 50

Follow this link to the Early Dynastic Period in Sumer Chapter of the Catalogue