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Figurine of donkey carrying produce

UnknownEarly Bronze Age, 3500 BCE - Early Bronze Age, 3000 BCE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The domestication of the donkey at the beginning of this period provided new opportunities for long-distance trade throughout the Ancient Near East. It replaced the ram as the main means of transportation and primary beast of burden, retaining this role until the appearance of the horse at the beginning of the 2nd millennium BCE and the camel at the end. Figurines of donkeys bearing vessels filled with agricultural offerings may have been used in fertility rites

Credit: Gift of Prof. Dan Barag, Jerusalem, in memory of his parents Drs. Gershon and Gerda Dina Barag

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  • Title: Figurine of donkey carrying produce
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Early Bronze Age, 3500 BCE - Early Bronze Age, 3000 BCE
  • Location: Azor
  • Type: Figurines
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Pottery
  • Curator: Misch-Brandl, Osnat

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