Seated Statue of Gudea

Seated Statue of Gudea

Date ca. 2100 BCE

Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Neo-Sumerian Revival

Medium Diorite

Dimensions height 29″

Provenance Lagash (Telloh), Iraq

Housed at Musée du Louvre


Though nothing of the temple that Gudea had built now survives, we still know much about it nonetheless, given the inscriptions found upon this work and others like it. Gudea sits with hands clasping one another, in a dignified, graceful pose, helping to convey himself as a great ruler.