Height: 14.600 cm
Width: 12.700 cm
ME 91667 (1854.4-1.31)
Room 56: Mesopotamia
Stone statue of a man
Early Dynastic Period, about 2600-2500 BC
A figure probably left as a votive donation in a temple
Figures of men and women were set up in temples to symbolically represent their donor in prayer before the gods. Different forms show a variety of hair styles and costumes. It is not known whether they actually reflect the appearance of the donor, but they usually have typically stylized features, and sometimes very large eyes. The hands are nearly always clasped in front of their chest, perhaps in a gesture of reverence.
The origin of this broken statue was not known when it was acquired by the Museum in 1854. However, it was probably deposited in a temple as a votive offering.
As with many
figures of this type, there is an inscription in
J.E. Reade, Mesopotamia (London, The British Museum Press, 1991)
H.W.F. Saggs, Babylonians (London, The British Museum Press, 1995)