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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.
Name: Bald Mesopotamian Worshipper Figure
Material: Gypsum inlaid with shell and black limestone
Height: 40 cm (1 ft 4 in)
Date: 2900-2600 BCE, Early Dynastic period
Place of Origin: Tell Asmar, Abu Temple, Iraq
Location: Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago, Illinois
Source and Registration#: Oriental Institute Museum A12333 Link to resource
Former Chief Curator, Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago