Vase in the shape of a truncated cone


The temple dedicated to the goddess Ishtar at Mari has yielded an abundance of luxury vessels sculpted out of a soft gray or green stone, which is commonly called steatite but is actually chlorite. This material is found in a mountainous region of eastern Iran, where such vessels were sculpted before being exported. In fact, a workshop (Tepe Yahya) was discovered near the quarries a few years ago. This type of vase was distributed over a wide area, from the Euphrates to the Indus. The outer surface of this fragment is decorated with a lion fighting a serpent. The small hollows in the animals’ bodies were once filled with precious stones which have since disappeared.


  • Date: 2500 BC

  • Material: Steatite

  • Item Dimensions: 14.5 x 13 cm

  • Archaeological Mission:

  • National Museum Of Aleppo (2011) – ALEPPO M 7829

  • Index Code: Alp

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