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

Before Islam:  Mesopotamia

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Bearded Male Worshipper

Bearded Male Worshipper

Scholars believe that worshipper statuettes were placed in temples to stand in perpetual prayer while their owners went about their daily lives. This is a representation of a bearded male worshipper standing reverently before his god. It is one of a number of statuettes found buried in a pit next to the altar of the Abu Temple at Tell Asmar.

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