Ram in a Thicket.
27th-25th c BCE Mesopotamian Sumerian (Eary Dynastic) Sculpture
(3500 BCE - 2000 BCE)
c. 2600 BCE-2400 BCE
27th-25th c BCE
Sumerian (Eary Dynastic)
Great Death Pit at Ur. Iraq.
London. British Museum.
Here are two of the exquisite statuettes of gold and lapis lazuli which were found in one of the royal tombs in the cemetery at Ur. The goat stands upright with his feet balanced against a flowering bush which probably represents the Tree of Life.
The goat was probably meant as a sacrifice to the gods, for according to Sumerian myths, human beings were created to serve the gods. Animal sacrifice was very important in many Near Eastern religious practices. The animal was sacrificed and in the case of a burnt offering, was cooked on an altar and the smoke from the burning fat went up to the gods and pleased them.
The image of the animal in the tree was used later to depict the image of the ram that the angel pointed out to Abraham which could be used in place of the offering of his son Isaac.
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