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Bust of a female votary or priestess

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Terracotta bust of a woman wearing a distinctive collar and hairdo. It is hollow, and was formed around a removable wooden core. The dog statuette found with it (MFA 1972.872) suggests that it may have come from a shrine to Gula, the goddess of healing, at Isin. The dog was Gula's sacred animal....

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Provenance

By 1972: with Nicolaos Koutoulakis, Geneva; 1972: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Koutoulakis, 13 September 1972.

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Isin-Larsa or Old Babylonian Period, 2000–1800 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Iraq

Dimensions

Height x width: 38.1 x 45.72 cm (15 x 18 in.)

Accession Number

1972.870

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture