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SUMERIAN STATUETTE

Iraq: Tell Asmar, Square Temple I, Shrine II
Early Dynastic I-II, ca. 2900-2600 B.C.
Gypsum (?) inlaid with shell and black limestone(?)
40.0 cm H
Excavated by the Oriental Institute, 1933-4
OIM A12332

During the Early Dynastic Period in Mesopotamia, statuettes were placed in sanctuaries as votive offerings and were later buried when the temple was remodelled or rebuilt. This representation of a Sumerian standing reverently before his god is one of a group of sculptures found buried in a pit next to the altar of the Abu Temple at Tell Asmar. It is thought to depict a priest because it lacks the full beard and long hair of other male statues of its type.


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