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Tell Asmar Statues

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Transcript of Tell Asmar Statues

Tell Asmar Statues
2700-2600 B.C.E

Describe
Artist Name: Sumerian. A dedicated worshipper?
Year Found: 1930s during Henri Frankfort's Oriental Institute excation.
Media: Limestone, Alabester, Gypsum
Subject: Mortals, Hands are joined together to indicate prayer.
Techniques: Heating Gypsum into a fine powder, then mixing with water and then sculpting, Carving
Where: Temple of Abu, Tel Asmar. Nubia, Egypt.
Describe
Found in the Temple of Abu, The Tell Asmar Statues are assumed to be symbols of worship. The hands of the figures are joined together as if they are praying. The eyes are open wide suggesting eternal wakefulness.
Analyze
Who are they? Gods? Mortals? Why are their hands joined together? Could they be waiting for something? Why are their eyes distortedly large? Could the wide eyed gaze mean something? Dedication to worship? To the Gods? Is this the ideal worshipper?
Thank You For Paying Attention!!
Compare
Tel Asmar Statue (Woman)
Venus of Willendorf
(Also a woman)
Compared to the Venus of Willendorf, The Tel Asmar Statue leans towards religion, worship. No focus in the Woman's body, nor exaggeration, although there is exaggeration in the oversized eyes. The Venus of Willendorf does not have a face, while the Tel Asmar does.
Temple of Abu. Ziggurat? Place of worship?
Paying Attention to Detail~

Wavy beards (Men), it seems as if the waves were etched in when the sculpture was wet enough for sculpting. Possibly with a sharp spear? A bone? Strong sliver of metal?
Overlapping Petals in skirt.
Eyes have been colored in. With ink?
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