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Discovering Ancient Oman

Head of Gudea

Head of Gudea (Strommenger E., Hirmer M., L'arte della Mesopotamia, Florence 1963: pl. XXVI)

Tello, ancient Girsu
Paris, Louvre Museum (AO 13)
Dark green diorite; H 23
Neo-Sumerian period (22nd century BC)
Called, from its discovering, “head with turban”, it was probably belonging to a statue of Gudea, ensi of Lagash. The face is wide, almost squared, especially in correspondence of the chin. The facial moulding is very careful with effects of chiaroscuro; the facial features are well marked.
Although the damaged nose, this head is one of the best exemplar of this period. (AL)