posted on Nov, 23 2012 @ 10:27 PM
Originally posted by Klassified
I believe these "purses" are in actuality, buckets which hold the water(or blood) of life. The Sumerians had a specific name for them which escapes
me at the moment.
You will find that only gods have these in their hand. No commoner is depicted with one.
Sumerian name: Banduddu.
While true that no commoner is depicted with one, the overwhelming majority of Sumerian reliefs showing the "bucket and cone" depict an Apkallu with
them in hand. The Apkallu were not gods, but were sent by them. They represent the mythic origins of both the genies (Djinn) and Angels.
Sometimes a king is shown "anointing" the tree (or other object.) In those cases, the Apkallu usually stands behind him. That sort of image is
thought to mean that the king has been entrusted with the knowledge of the Apkallu and is, in a way, claiming responsibility for the success of the
harvest (or other success - such as in construction, where the symbolism was also used as a rite of purification for a new building.)
More on the bucket and cone:
Link to a genuine academic source
You may have to scroll down to page 46.
A bucket is a handy thing, even in the present day. I don't think it's a stretch to imagine that the utility of a bucket might lead to its
depiction in the artwork of a multitude of cultures. The topic is rich with potential symbolism.