Sumerian limestone head of an orant
Period: Early Dynastic II-III, 2800-2334 B.C.
Dimensions: Height: 9.3 cm
Coll. G.F.Reber (acquired 1928) ex Indjoudjian, Paris.
Fragmentary head with inlaid eyes missing.
Left half of a chubby face with large, almond shaped eye sockets, arched eyebrows, a short nose with wide nostrils and narrow lips with a restrained smile. Wavy hair that only leaves the earlobe free, with a narrow hairband.
This head belongs to the high quality sculpture of the early sumerian dynastyies.
On loan, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, 1946-2006.
WOOLLEY C.L., Ur excavations, the royal cemetery, vol. II, pl. 121.
AMIET P., Art of the Ancient Near East, New York, 1980, figs. 32-43.