Statuette of a Praying Man


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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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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