12 December 2002
A SUMERIAN CALCITE HEAD OF A WORSHIPPER
Late Early Dynastic Period, Circa 2600-2350 B.C.
Depicting a female figure, her elaborate coiffure consisting of several plaits of hair raised across her forehead and falling along either side of her face, the hair at the back pulled back and indicated with incised wavy lines, the large almond-shaped eyes and arching brows once inlaid, the eyes now with modern lapis and synthetic inlays, with a prominent nose and small pursed lips, the cheeks and chin rounded
3½ in. (8.9 cm) high
Acquired by the current owner in London
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For the head of a female worshipper in alabaster with a similar coiffure see fig. 47, p. 89 in Zettler and Horne, eds., Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur.
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