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Bald Mesopotamian Worshipper Figure

Bald Mesopotamian Worshipper Figure

During the Early Dynastic Period in Mesopotamia, statuettes were placed in sanctuaries as votive offerings and were later buried when the temple was remodeled or rebuilt. This sculpture was found buried in a pit next to the altar of the Abu Temple at Tell Asmar.

Bald, clean-shaven, bare-chested, and wearing a kind of skirt, this figure was probably a priest. Figures in early Mesopotamian art that were in a state of ritual purity were often represented in this way.

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