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Gudea - Statue "I"

Gudea - Statue

Gudea was a prince of Lagash / Tello during the Neo-Sumerian Period (circa 2125-2110 BC).  He inaugurated Sumer's renaissance, after the fall of the Akkadian Empire

Numerous statues of Gudea have been uncovered during archeological explorations.  The one depicted in this image is known as "I" and is currently maintained by the Louvre (in Paris).  It is made of diorite and was dedicated to the god Ningishzida.  Its measurements are:

  • 46 cm (18.1 in) in height 
  • 33 cm (13 in) in width 
  • 22.5 cm (8.9 in) in depth

If you look closely at the statue's image, you will see a crack between the head and the body.  The head was found (at Telloh - ancient Girsu - in today’s Iraq) by Ernest de Sarzec in 1877.  The body of the statue was excavated by Gaston Cros in 1903.

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image of Gudea statue, on display at the Louvre, by Marie-Lan Nguyen.  PD image, online via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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