A Sumerian alabaster female worshipper
Lot 79
A Sumerian alabaster female worshipper
£60,000 - 80,000
US$ 100,000 - 130,000
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A Sumerian alabaster female worshipper A Sumerian alabaster female worshipper A Sumerian alabaster female worshipper A Sumerian alabaster female worshipper A Sumerian alabaster female worshipper
Lot Details
A Sumerian alabaster female worshipper
Early Dynastic II-III, circa 2900–2550 B.C
Standing with her hands clasped in prayer, emerging from beneath a long cloak, clasped at the neck, with a fringed edge, both the cloak and underdress with a long tufted fringe at the hem, the bare feet standing on an integral base, wearing a tall polos on her head with a thick band and wide brim at the neck, with prominent nose, pointed chin and small mouth, the eyes, hair and eyebrows hollowed for now-missing inlays, 11in (27.8cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Poché Family Collection, formed in the late 19th to early 20th Century, thence by descent.

    Literature:
    Such figures with clasped hands have been identified as worshippers and are thought to have been 'placed in the cellae of the temples as votive figures', A. Moorgat, The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia, London, 1969, p. 31; cf. fig. 96 for a similar female figure wearing a polos and long cloak.
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