Head of an Akkadian Ruler

Head of an Akkadian Ruler

Date ca. 2250-2200 BCE

Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Akkadian

Medium Copper

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.