Shrine. Imdugud with stags.
27th c BCE Mesopotamian Sumerian (Eary Dynastic) Sculpture
(3500 BCE - 2000 BCE)
c. 2600 BCE
28th c BCE
Sumerian (Eary Dynastic)
London. British Museum.
Here we see part of an ancient Near Eastern shrine that included an image of the deity, the Sumerian lion-headed eagle god flanked by stags, all cast in copper. This new technology surely came from the gods, and thus was used to praise them. Copper was used for a variety of purposes, to create vessels, ornaments and tools in addition to religious images.
SUMERIAN | Shrine. Imdugud with stags. | c. 2600 BCE | Mesopotamian | Sumerian