Monday, May 18, 2009

The Standard of Ur

The Standard of Ur is a wooden object that was decorated with a mosaic on two sides. The “pieces” of the mosaic are made of red limestone, shell and Lapis Lazuli. The standard has been dated to sometime between 2600 and 2400 B. C.

The mosaic on one side of the object shows war scenes, while the other side depicts a banquet. The war scenes show four wheeled chariots pulled by onagers and cloaked infantrymen carrying spears. The other side of the standard shows people enjoying a banquet with food (including live animals which are probably to be butchered) being brought in to the guests.

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