Many actual "stone bags" have been found in greater Mesopotamia, not just representations. A few examples:
(Date is wrong, probably 3rd millennium BC)
Several of these I can tell are from the Jiroft culture of Elam modern day Iran, c. late 4th/3rd millennium, which I have to wonder if this is where this motif originates.
These bags are depicted in Mesopotamia among various cultures well into late BC times. Though there is nothing unique about "bags", however, these seems far too similar too be coincidence. The question, other than what does it mean, is how and when did it get to South/Meso America. Obviously what comes to mind are the tales of bearded civilizers from across the sea.
Looking at Egyptian art of any period I find no parallels which its absence is interesting considering in late predynastic/early dynastic times in particular other direct influence is found from Mesopotamia. One piece of iconography they do share from a very early period, like palace facade architecture, is the "shen ring" or "rod and ring".
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06-Jan-17 02:38 by Thanos5150.