Ceramic undulating vase in alabaster and lilac. Dimpled and folded, showcasing a 360 degree form. Measures approximately 12 inches in height.
The Antiquary's Story:
For historians, vases are incredible sources to understand the past, as they often illustrate daily life, religion and patterns of significance. They also represent the art movements of the time in which they were created.
One of the oldest surviving works, the Warka Vase, is dated from 3200 to 3000 BC. It was found in several pieces in modern-day Iraq during the early 20th century.
The vase has three tier of carvings. The first, depicting a pattern of Tigris and Euphrates vegetation; the second, showing various animals and a progression of male servants carrying offerings; and the third, a full scene dedicated to the Goddess Ishtar where the sacrifices are being presented.
During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Warka Vase was one of the thousands of artifacts looted and broken. Again in pieces, it was restored. Unfortunately and due to the current situation, the condition of the vase is unknown.