Limestone statue of Sumerian man The man posture and position of his hands indicate that he is a pious man. He is a priest or perhaps a god. Sumerian, 3000 - 2500 BC Found in the ancient temple of Khafaje, northeast of the modern city Baghdad.
From the Square Temple at Eshnunna, these cylindrical gypsum figures served as stand-ins for praying worshipers. The large eyes, inlaid with shell and black limestone, likely represent an intense religious experience.
"Woman With Folded Hands" Mesopotamian, Sumerian, Early Dynastic c. BCE…" - Sumerian shawl a heavily woven cloth wrapped around the body.
ancientpeoples: “ Stele of Ushumgal Sumerian, probably from Umma (modern Jokha), H. 22.4 x W. 14.7 x D. 9.5 cm Early Dynastic I, 2900–2700 B.C. “ Among the earliest written documents from Mesopotamia...
This Sumerian votive of a priest with an offering to a god is standing in for a worshiper symbolically engaging in continuous prayer. His eyes are exaggerated in fixed attentiveness.
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Votive Statue, Khafajah Mesopotamian Art on Loan to the Beijing World Art Museum. Mesopotamian depictions of people both in sculpture and in painting featured very large eyes. This was also the case for Egyptian art.