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Male Worshiper


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Description The shaven head, a sign of ritual purity, may identify this figure as a priest. A partially preserved inscription on one shoulder states that he prays to Ninshubur, the goddess associated with the planet Mercury.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
2/17/1998Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
5/01/1998Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
Exhibitions
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance [Found at Bismya]; Sale, Sothebys, December 13, 1928, no, 41; Edgar J. Banks, January 4, 1931, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Seven line inscription on shoulder and back: (For) Ninshubur / [...] / [...] / [...] / His statue, / for his life, / may it stand (praying to Ninshubur).
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931

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Creator
Period
2500-2250 BCE (Early Dynastic IIIb)
Medium
calcite-alabaster
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
21.5
Measurements
H: 7 11/16 x W: 5 1/4 x D: 3 15/16 in. (19.5 x 13.3 x 10 cm)
Geography
  • Iraq, Bismaya (Adab) (Place of Discovery)

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