The Uruk period is generally agreed to have taken place circa 4000 – 3100 BC – from the protohistoric Chalcolithic to the Early Bronze Age. It was situated in Mesopotamia: the historical region which corresponded to modern day Iraq, Kuwait, parts of northern Saudia Arabia, eastern parts of Syria, and southeastern Turkey. The Uruk period played host to pivotal innovations which shaped not only the ancient world, but the modern. Indeed, we must credit the era with the emergence of the potter’s wheel, writing, and the notions of city and state.
Extremely Rare Uruk Elephant
A carved calcite figurine of a large animal, possibly an elephant or hippopotamus, with its legs together and head lowered. It comes from Habuba Kabira (Tell Qanas), the site of an Uruk settlement along the Euphrates in Syria, which was founded during the later part of the Uruk period. The piece is incomplete, but nonetheless a highly important and rare object from one of the earliest civilisations.
Provenance: Royal Athena Gallery and Robin Symes Gallery.
Condition: Fair condition.