Sumerian Worshipers from Tell Asmar at the Iraq Museum

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 21 March 2019
Sumerian Worshipers from Tell Asmar at the Iraq Museum

Amongst the most famous statues from Tell Asmar are these two standing male and female ones, which were made of veined gypsum. They have a wide-eyed gaze and hold a cup with their hands. The man is bare-chested and wears a flounced kilt while the woman wears a flounced garment with a bare right shoulder. The eye-balls were made of shells and the irises were made of black limestone; both were held in position by bitumen. The hair and beard were painted with bitumen. If you zoom in on the image, on the front of the base of the male statue, you will see an antithetical group of two couchant gazelles with plants across the background; between them, there is a bird with spreading wings. Once again, if you zoom in, you will find a groove on the base of the female statue, besides the left leg, to receive a miniature figure (its legs have only survived). Both statues were excavated by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in early 1930s CE. From the Square Temple of Abu at Tell Asmar (ancient Eshnunna), in modern-day Diyala, Iraq. Early Dynastic period, c. 2600 BCE. They are on display within a single glass case in the Sumerian Gallery at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, March 21). Sumerian Worshipers from Tell Asmar at the Iraq Museum. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/10266/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Sumerian Worshipers from Tell Asmar at the Iraq Museum." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 21, 2019. https://www.ancient.eu/image/10266/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Sumerian Worshipers from Tell Asmar at the Iraq Museum." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 21 Mar 2019. Web. 15 Oct 2019.

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