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|Archaeology Area:||P 45/52 under altar|
|Period:||Early Dynastic III|
|Date Made:||2600-2450 BCE|
|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.
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|Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018)||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|
|Iraq\'s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur\'s Royal Cemetery ( Oct 2009 - Jan 2017)||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 47||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
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