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Head of a Male Worshipper Sumerian Early Dynastic II Period with eyes inlaid with shell and lapis lazuli Ancient Mesopotamia

Head of a Male Worshipper Sumerian Early Dynastic II Period with eyes inlaid with shell and lapis lazuli Ancient Mesopotamia

The history of Sumer is counted as lasting from about 3500 BCE until 2000 BCE, where after other cultures, based upon the Sumerian, continued the civilization

The history of Sumer is counted as lasting from about 3500 BCE until 2000 BCE, where after other cultures, based upon the Sumerian, continued the civilization

Inlay depicting male torso    Period:      Early Dynastic IIIa  Date:      ca. 2600–2500 B.C.  Geography:      Mesopotamia  Culture:      Sumerian  Medium:      Shell  Dimensions:      H. 5.1 cm (2 in.)  Classification:      Shell  Credit Line:      Rogers Fund, 1949  Accession Number: 49.134.1  MET

Inlay depicting male torso Period: Early Dynastic IIIa Date: ca. 2600–2500 B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia Culture: Sumerian Medium: Shell Dimensions: H. 5.1 cm (2 in.) Classification: Shell Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1949 Accession Number: 49.134.1 MET

Scholars speculate that the hollowed out eyes in this Nintu Temple VII figurine are not in an attempt to replicate reality, but rather a reflection of the awe one should express in the temple.

Scholars speculate that the hollowed out eyes in this Nintu Temple VII figurine are not in an attempt to replicate reality, but rather a reflection of the awe one should express in the temple.

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