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Mesopotamian Gallery

Most of the finest pieces of Mesopotamian art were fashioned for use in temples and were dedicated to the gods and goddesses of the realm. One of the most common dedications during the third millennium B.C. were statues, which were placed by worshippers in the temple sanctuary to stand in perpetual prayer before the god or goddess. The Oriental Institute's collection of these worshipper figures, standing with reverently folded hands and intently gazing eyes, was obtained through excavations along the banks of the Diyala River north-east of Baghdad and is the finest that exists outside of Iraq. Also from the same region come two unique bronze statuettes of a god and goddess, each of whom has four faces.

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Revised: February 19, 2007

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