Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Base and feet of a standing figure

Period:
Early Dynastic IIIb
Date:
ca. 2500–2350 B.C.
Geography:
Mesopotamia, Nippur
Culture:
Sumerian
Medium:
Gypsum alabaster
Dimensions:
2 x 3 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (5.1 x 9.4 x 11 cm)
Classification:
Stone-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.41.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 403
Many Early Dynastic dedicatory statues stand with their left foot forward, but there are many exceptions to this rule, especially when the feet and legs are carved against a back support. This base for a missing statue depicts two feet side-by-side. However, they are carved in the round. The details of the toes and nails are very finely modeled. A mortise hole in the back of the base suggests that this was part of a composite statue in which the figure was constructed from separate pieces of carved stone fitted together with pegs and dowels.
1957-58, excavated on behalf of the Joint Expedition to Nippur (Baghdad School of the American Schools of Oriental Research and The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago); acquired by the Museum in 1958, as a result of its financial contribution to the excavations.
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