Gudea Vase--"On exhibit in the Louvre is a green libation vase, excavated from the ancient Mesopotamian city of Lagash. The inscription on it, from King Gudea of Lagash circa 2025 BC, is a dedication to Ningizzida. Also on the vase is an image of two entwined snakes on a rod. Some have dated the vase as far back as 4000 B.C. The rod is most likely to be Axis Mundi, the world tree, Yggdrasil, the tree of life. Ningizzida, a fertility god, was also known as 'Lord of the Tree of Life...."
Gold drinking cup. From Ur, southern Iraq. About 2600-2400 BC. gold cup, one of four vessels found on the floor of the pit of the Queen's Grave in the Royal Cemetery at Ur. They were lying alongside the sacrificial victims.
Sumerian alabaster statue of a worshiper wearing a calf-length woolen skirt with layers of tufted borders, the hands gathered together in an attitude of devotion, with cuneiform inscriptions on the back of the base. 2500 BC