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Head of a Sumerian Female Orant
Diyala Region, Sumer; 2600-2350 BC; 2.6 inches

Fine alabaster head of a woman from an orant statue. Her delicately sculpted features once included inlaid eyes with irises and eyebrows probably of lapis lazuli. Her mouth is formed in a slight smile. Like many Sumerian human representations, her eyebrows meet at the bridge of her nose. Orant statues, with large "other-worldly" eyes in both standing and sitting positions, were placed in Sumerian temples.