The Warka vase showing temple gifts.

This carving on a stone vase found at Uruk dates to about 3,000 B.C. and shows what may be a scene of Sumerians bearing gifts to the goddess Inanna. The lowest register shows the economic foundation of Uruk -- water, cultivated plants and livestock. The middle register, shows servants or citizens with pots of food and milk. The upper register shows the realm of the ruler -- perhaps Gilgamesh, and the goddess herself, standing before her stockpile of commodities.