Statue Fragment

Object Number:38-10-51
Current Location: On Loan
Provenience: Iraq
Archaeology Area: P 45/52 under altar
Period: Early Dynastic III
Date Made: 2600-2450 BCE
Early Date: -2600
Late Date: -2450
Section:Near Eastern
Height: 8.5 cm
Width: 6.5 cm
Depth: 5.5 cm
Credit Line:Khafaje Expedition; E. A. Speiser and Charles Bache, 1938
Other Number:KH 9-177 - Field No SF


Alabaster. Female head that is broken from statue; bitumen at break in neck and boring for dowel. Elaborate coiffur; long tresses on each side of face. Right eye contains shell and bitumen inlay.

This stone head of a woman is a portion of what is typically known as a Diyala statue (coming from the region around the Diyala river in central Iraq). The dowel hole at the base of the neck shows that the head was originally slotted into a stone body to make a complete statuette. The woman has an elaborate hair-do and hollowed-out eyes that originally held inlays to add a more life-like character. In fact, a portion of a shell inlay for the white area of one of the eyes is still preserved. These statues range in size but appear to have been dedicated in temples as continual stand-ins for the worshipper/donor.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017) View Objects in Exhibition
Tokens to Tablets: Glimpses into 6000 Years of the History of the Ancient Near East (14 Nov 1987 - Aug 2006) View Objects in Exhibition
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Horne, Lee C., and Zettler, Richard L. 1998. Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 89/Figure 47View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Legrain, Leon. 1944. "Khafaje and Tell Asmar". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 10. no. 3-4. pg. 44-47 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 46, fig. 33View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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