Sumerian bone plaque with incised decoration, 2500-2000 B.C.

This piece is a small plaque made of bone with the representation of an animal, possibly a deer. The decoration is made by means of the technique of the incision. This type of small objects are intended to be carried by the person and possibly are idols that would serve to provide food. This type of representations are very abundant and will be constant within the Mesopotamian imagery. They were carried out on clay, above all, but we will also find them, as in this case, on organic material such as bone, and on hard rocks. In Mesopotamia, in the third millennium B.C., there was the rebirth and consolidation of the Sumerian civilization, with cities that became dominant centers. Some Sumerian cities such as Uruk, Ur and Lagash were able to organize themselves, and with these cities and their corresponding dynasties the last period of splendor of the Sumerian civilization was lived, during which great material achievements and remarkable works of art were carried out.


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