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Statue of Ur-Ningirsu, son of Gudea

Period:
Neo-Sumerian
Date:
ca. 2080 B.C.
Geography:
Mesopotamia, probably from Girsu (modern Tello)
Culture:
Neo-Sumerian
Medium:
Chlorite
Dimensions:
H. 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Stone-Sculpture-Inscribed
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1947 and Lent by Musée du Louvre
Accession Number:
47.100.86+L.2014.59
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 403
1925, purchased by Joseph Brummer from Elias S. David, London; acquired by the Museum in 1947, purchased from the estate of Joseph Brummer, New York.

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