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Female head on base

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Terracotta head of a woman on a short, circular pedestal. The unusual form of the base suggests that it originally rested on a platform within a shrine. It was probably dedicated at a shrine to the healing goddess Gula at Isin during the transition to the Old Babylonian era.

Provenance

By 1972: with Nicolaos Koutoulakis, Geneva; 1972: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Koutolakis, 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: 23.5 x 16 cm (9 1/4 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1972.871

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture