Head of an Akkadian Ruler
Date ca. 2250-2200 BCE
Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Akkadian
Dimensions height 12″
Provenance Nineveh (Kuhunjik), Iraq
Housed at Iraq Museum, Baghdad
The patterned beard and hair styles, together with the smooth facial features and symmetrical proportions, impose a sense of power and order on this piece. Its frontality lends a timeless quality, which would have been emphasized by peering eyes made of precious and semiprecious materials, now since removed.