Statue Fragment


Location: On Display in the Middle East Galleries

From: Iraq | Khafaje

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number 38-10-51
Current Location Middle East Galleries - On Display
Provenience Iraq | Khafaje
Archaeology Area P 45/52 under altar
Period Early Dynastic III
Date Made 2600-2450 BCE
Section Near Eastern
Materials Alabaster | Bitumen
Iconography Woman

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.

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

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