Imdugud Copper Frieze from the Ninhursag Temple

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published on 26 July 2014

This frieze was excavated at the base of the temple of the goddess Ninhursag at Tell Al-Ubaid. The lion-headed eagle monster, or Imdugud, grasps a pair of deer. Imdugud represents the Sumerian god Ningirsu, and it is unknown why it was placed at the temple of Ninhursag. The frieze was probably placed above one of the main doorways of the temple. It was found in a very poor condition and required extensive conservation. It represents an exceptional example of large-scale Sumerian metalwork. Early dynastic III, circa 2500 BCE, from Tell Al-Ubaid, southern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The British Museum).

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