Statue of Ur-ningirsu

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 31 August 2014
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The cuneiform inscriptions on the back of this small diorite statue (height 18 cm) read, "Dedicated to the god Ningizzida, his god, by Ur-ningirsu, priest-prince of Lagash, son of Gudea, priest-prince of Lagash."

This bearded man is Ur-ningirsu. The mouth and the nose appear to be damaged on purpose. Probably, Ur-ningirsu dedicated this statuette of himself to the temple of Ningizzida. Ningizzida was the Sumerian god of the underworld and the guardian of the gate of heaven. Neo-Sumerian period, 2117 BCE. From southern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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