Height: 14.920 cm
Width: 11.270 cm
Room 56: Mesopotamia
Stone statue of a woman
From Ur, southern Iraq, about 1900-1800 BC
This broken figure was originally set up in a
temple to pray, symbolically, on behalf of the donor.
She wears a flounced garment which is often seen on figures depicted on cylinder seals of this period. Traces of red and black paint show that the statue was originally painted. There is a dowel hole at the base, presumably to fix it to a lower portion and the back of the head is cut as if for an attachment. The eyes are separately made out of a whiter stone than the figure and inserted in the eye sockets; the eyeballs, which were also separately made, are lost.
The exact find spot of the statue is unknown since it was picked up early on the twentieth century by a visitor to the site of Ur. The British Museum acquired it in 1956.
J.E. Reade, Mesopotamia (London, The British Museum Press, 1991)