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The Question of Identity: Ethnicity, Language, Religion, and Gender

Before Islam:  Mesopotamia

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Kneeling Worshipper from Larsa

Kneeling Worshipper from Larsa

In most periods of Mesopotamian history, various people dedicated votive objects to deities, including statuettes of themselves in postures of worship. This is a statuette dedicated by a man in Larsa to the god Amurru on behalf of Hammurabi. Amurru was an Amorite deity who was also known as Martu. He is sometimes described as a shepherd and is also known as Bēl Šadê, or ‘Lord of the Mountains.’ Hammurabi was an Amorite ruler in the Old Babylonian period.

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