Statuette of a Praying Man

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published on 31 August 2014

This small alabaster (height 46 cm) statuette depicts a bearded bald-headed man. He clasps his hands in a prayer attitude. The upper part of the body is naked, while the lower half is covered by a sheepskin skirt. It was found in the anteroom to the cella of archaic Ishtar Temple in the city of Ashur. The statuette most likely represents a priest/man of a high rank. From Ashur, northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Early dynastic period, circa 2400 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).



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