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Seated Ruler
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Item Details
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Culture
North Syria, possibly the area of Ebla, 2000-1700 BC
Title
Seated Ruler
Work Type
Sculpture
Date
2000-1700 BC
Material
limestone with shell inclusions
Measurements
Overall: 66.7 x 38.2 x 54.6 cm (26 1/4 x 15 1/16 x 21 1/2 in.)
Description
Four thousand years ago northern Syria was a crossroads of peoples and cultures, meeting through trade and military conflict. This statue of a portly man sitting on a low throne combines Assyrian and Amorite stylistic influences. It was possibly found at Ebla, where some scholars believe the biblical Abraham visited as he traveled from Chaldea to Canaan around 2000 bc. Such a large carved stone image suggests a local ruler or high official. The head was removed, probably in an act of ritual defilement, since decapitation was believed to cancel the object’s supernatural presence.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: Near Eastern Art
Department: Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art
Gallery: 102A Ancient Near East
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1969.37_full.tif
SSID
24612404

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