Sumerian Limestone Female Head

SKU: MS.0138

Origin: Iraq
Circa: Early Dynastic, Early 3rd Millennium BC
Dimensions: 3.75" Height (9.75 cm)
Medium: Limestone

Preserving the left side of her head, her full face with the eye deeply recessed for now-missing inlay, with an m-shaped brow, a prominent nose and thin smiling lips, her wavy hair defined by incision and bound in a band.

with Indjoudjian, Paris. G.F. Reber, Lausanne, acquired in 1928. Kunstwerke Der Antike, Cahn Auktionen A.G., Basel, 22 September 2006, lot 150

Intact as preserved. The broken edges rough. Abrasions, wear, chips and losses throughout. Some incrustation.

For a similar head from a female figure see no. 29 in J. Aruz, ed., Art of the First Cities, The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus.

Geneva, Musée d'art et d'histoire, 1946-2006

D. Opitz, "Altorientalische Altertümer der Sammlung G.F. Reber in Lausanne," in Archiv für Orientforschung, 7, 1931-1932, pp. 223-238, pl. IX,3.


Old Kingdom

Sumerian Limestone Female Head

Old Kingdom

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