The Standard of Ur

A bigger picture

Dining is a social event and often has purposes beyond simply satisfying hunger and quenching thirst. It can be used to mark festivals or events, to demonstrate the wealth, power and good taste of the host and to create a sense of identity within social groups. A dining event may involve people other than the guests and their host and may include activities such as conversation, games, formal speeches or rituals, music and other entertainments.

Nebamun feast


Twenty images of a wall painting showing a feast in honour of the ancient Egyptian official Nebamun; around 1350 BC.

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Athenian symposium


This Athenian wine cup shows symposium scenes with music, drinking, dance and the serving of wine; 490 – 480 BC.

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Ashurbanipal dining


King Ashurbanipal dining in a garden; relief sculpture from Assyria in present-day Iraq; 7th century BC.

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Courtauld bag


A dining scene on the Courtauld bag which probably belonged to a Mongol noblewoman; made in Mosul, in present-day Iraq, AD 13001330. This website from the Courtauld Gallery allows you to zoom in on details of the decoration. Image © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.

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Japanese party


A party scene in a fashionable restaurant in Edo (Tokyo), Japan; by Kubo Shunman, AD 178788. The separate pages give the best detail.

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The Standard of Ur