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Team of Oxen with Carriage

Unknown2nd half 3rd millennium BC

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Statuette of a team of oxen or bulls pulling a wagon. The small, model-like copper sculpture depicts two precisely fashioned draught animals harnessed to a four-wheeled wagon. The detailing on the wagon identifies it as a representation of a wooden original. Evidence of full-size examples of such wagons has been found in graves in Alacahöyük, Turkey. The model, dating from the early Bronze Age, was perhaps intended to serve the deceased in the afterlife. The object could also reasonably be interpreted as an offering to a god.

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  • Title: Team of Oxen with Carriage
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 2nd half 3rd millennium BC
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Copper
  • Inv. no.: XIb 2869
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-019212
  • External Link: Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Claudia Plamp
  • Collection: Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte | Kaukasus und Vorderer Orient, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

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