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Foundation figure of a deity

Early Dynastic IIIb
ca. 2500–2350 B.C.
Southern Mesopotamia
H. 10 7/8 x W. 2 1/16 in. (27.6 x 5.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 403
By 1964, collection of Norbert Schimmel, New York; 1968-1989, on loan periodically to the Museum by Norbert Schimmel; acquired by the Museum in 1989, gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust.

“The Beauty of Ancient Art: Exhibition of the Norbert Schimmel Collection.” The Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 15, 1964–February 14, 1965.

“From the Lands of the Bible: Art and Artifacts.” America-Israel Culture House, New York, May 22, 1968–July 3, 1968.

“Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection,” Cleveland Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1974–1977.

“Von Troja bis Amarna,” Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Archäologische Staatssammlung, Munich, Germany, 1978–1979.

“Ancient Art: Gifts from the Norbert Schimmel Collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, June 4, 1991–September 15, 1991.

Hoffman, Herbert. 1964. Norbert Schimmel Collection. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, no. 55.

From the Lands of the Bible: Art and Artifacts. 1968. exh. cat. New York: America-Israel Cultural Foundation, no. 424.

Mc Keon, John F.X. 1973. The Art of Sumer and Akkad, exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, fig. 10.

Muscarella, Oscar W. ed., 1974. Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection. exh. cat. Mainz: Philipp Von Zabern, no. 107.

Settgast, Jürgen, ed. 1978. Von Troja bis Amarna: The Norbert Schimmel Collection New York. exh. cat. Mainz: Philipp Von Zabern, no. 123.

Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 120 (Jul. 1, 1989 - Jun. 30, 1990), p. 12.

Muscarella, Oscar W. 1992. "Ancient Art: Gifts from the Norbert Schimmel Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49,
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