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An Exhibition of Ancient Mesopotamian Art

A Gathering of the Gods - the Power of Mesopotamian Religion

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Marble Head of Female Orant with Black Hair
Diyala Region, Sumer; 2600-2350 BC; 2.6 inches

The exquisite miniature, creme marble head of a woman came from an orant statuette. Her mouth with a subtle smile accents her straight nose, now broken at the tip. Cavernous, blackened eye sockets remain from bitumen adhesive where large eyes were once inset. Almost unique among orant figures, she has hair of a different stone, black serpentine. Her hair is carefully arranged in multiple braids around the back of her rounded skull, then falling down her neck. Statues of "praying figures" representing important individuals were placed in small temples constructed on top of Mesopotamian ziggurats (stepped towers). The statue represented the person in the presence of their god. A small masterpiece of ancient sculpture from the third millennium B.C.