Iraq, Sumerian / Gudea, Ensi (Governor) of Lagash / c. 1250 BCIraq, Sumerian
Gudea, Ensi (Governor) of Lagash
c. 1250 BC

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Sumerian
Creator Name-CRT: Iraq, Sumerian
Title: Gudea, Ensi (Governor) of Lagash
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: -125
Creation End Date: -124
Creation Date: c. 1250 BC
Creation Place: Iraq
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-stone
Materials and Techniques: dolerite
Dimensions: Overall: 122.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1963.154
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: Feuerdent Coll., Paris; (E. S. David)
Style or Period: Iraq, Sumerian
Context: One of the most enlightened rulers of the ancient Near East, Gudea was a patron of the arts, including literature and the visual arts. His sculptors were among the most highly skilled of any in history. This statue, showing Gudea with hands folded in prayer, probably originally stood in a shrine. Since ancient sculptures were thought to possess life, this statue took Gudea's place in worshipping the gods.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1963.154
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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