Gypsum, bitumen, blue paste (modern) H. 4 in. (10.16 cm.); W. 2 1/2 in. (6.35 cm.), D. 3 in. (7.62 cm.) Third Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2000-2050 B.C. Iraq, Bismaya Temple; OIM A173 Excavated by the Oriental Institute, 1904.
The Tell Asmar sculpture hoard is a collection of 12 human effigy statues, discovered at the Mesopotamian site of Tell Asmar. The hoard was discovered during Henri Frankfort’s Oriental Institute excavations in the 1930s. They were stacked in several layers within an 85x50 cm hole 1.25 meters (about 4 feet) below the floor of the structure known as the Square Temple.
The statues average about 42 centimeters in height. They are of men and women with large staring eyes, upturned faces, and clasped hands, dressed in the skirts of the Early Dynastic period of Mesopotamia. They are believed to represent gods and goddesses and their worshipers. The largest male figure is thought to represent the god Abu, based on symbols carved into the base.
Sidenote: I’m taking a class on this all semester… you’re going to see a lot the art i really like now.
Sumerian statue found in Eshnunna/Diyala, Iraq 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
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