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Head of Gudea

ca. 2090 B.C.
Mesopotamia, probably from Girsu (modern Tello)
H. 10 1/16 x W. 7 9/16 x D. 9 15/16 in. (25.5 x 19.2 x 25.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 403
Before 1930, private collection, France; until 1949, Elias S. David, Long Island City, NY; acquired by the Museum in 1949, purchased from Elias S. David, Long Island City, NY.

“Art of the Ancient Near East.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 4, 1949–September 5, 1949.

“Origin and Influence, Cultural Contacts: Egypt, the Ancient Near East, and the Classical World.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 18, 1970–April 23, 1971.

“La Condición Humana: El Sueño de una Sombra.” Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat, Barcelona, May 9, 2004–September 24, 2004.

Wilkinson, Charles K. 1949. "The Art of the Ancient Near East." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 7, p. 198.

Parrot, André. 1960. Sumer. Paris: Gallimard, fig. 266.

Potratz, J.A.H. 1961. Die Kunst des Alten Orient. Babylonien und Assyrien, Alt-Syrien, Alt-Anatolien und das Alte Persien. Stuttgart: Kroner, pl. 23.

Johansen, Flemming. 1978. Statues of Gudea: Ancient and Modern. Mesopotamia, Copenhagen Studies in Assyriology 6, pp. 28, 40, 46, footnote 88.

Schlossman, Betty. 1978. "Portraiture in Mesopotamia in the Late Third and Early Second Millennium B.C. Part 1: The Late Third Millennium," Archiv fur Orientforschung XXVI, pp. 62-64.

Azara, Pedro. 2004. La Condición Humana: El Sueño de una Sombra, exh. cat. Barcelona: Institut de Cultura, p. 110.
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