Head of Gudea

Head of Gudea

Date ca. 2100 BCE

Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Neo-Sumerian Revival

Medium Diorite

Dimensions height 9″

Provenance Lagash (Telloh), Iraq

Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris


Gudea’s features harken back to those found in the figures at Tell Asmar, with eyes wide-open in awe, coupled with an abstractly patterned headpiece. The ruler here has chosen to display his wealth with the use of diorite—a material that was both expensive and difficult to work.