Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Female head

Early Dynastic III
ca. 2600–2350 B.C.
Gypsum alabaster
1 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (4.8 x 3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
Not on view
Formerly collection of Ernst Herzfeld (until d. 1948); acquired by the Museum in 1952, purchased from Mrs. Charlotte M. Bradford, sister of E. Herzfeld, Princeton, NJ.

“The First Civilization: The Legacy of Sumer.” The University of Texas Museum, Austin, The University of Maryland Museum, College Park, January 12, 1975–May 2, 1975.

Herzfeld, Ernst. 1903-1947. "Four Views of Small Stone head." In The Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Freer Archives, Series 4: Photographic Files,!301607!0

Schmandt-Besserat, Denise. 1975. The First Civilization: the Legacy of Sumer, exh. cat. Austin, Texas: University Art Museum, no. 32, pp. 30-31.

Asher-Greve, Julia M. 1985. Frauen in Altsumerischer Zeit. Bibliotheca Mesopotamica 18. Malibu: Undena Publications, no. 539, p. 204, pl. XXVI.
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