Head of Gudea
Date ca. 2100 BCE
Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Neo-Sumerian Revival
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.