Calcite Statue of a Mesopotamian Man

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 26 February 2018

There is a cuneiform inscription on the right shoulder/upper arm on this calcite figure of a man. The text hasn't been deciphered yet, but probably it bears the dedicator's name. This is a votive statue of a bearded man, dating back to the early Dynastic Period, circa 2600 BCE. The nose might well have been attached separately. There is a cuneiform doodle at the back of the statue (not shown), which appears to be added later, during the first millennium BCE. This may well indicate that this statue was appreciated for a long time! From Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (The British Museum, London).

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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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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2018, February 26). Calcite Statue of a Mesopotamian Man. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Calcite Statue of a Mesopotamian Man." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 26, 2018.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Calcite Statue of a Mesopotamian Man." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 26 Feb 2018. Web. 23 Apr 2019.

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