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Running head: ANALYSIS OF THE ANCIENT ART
UNDERSTANDING ANCIENT ART
Votive statue of Gudea
It was a statue developed during the Neo-Sumerian period.
Date: ca. 2090 BC
The sculpture belongs to the diorite series that were developed by Gudea, who had a sole vision
of refocusing his energies to rebuild the temples of Lagash, which were great, and also to
integrate his vision and energy into these buildings. In the sculpture, the Gudea is brought out in
a sitting posture that was expected of a ruler while addressing his subjects. The seated pose is
one that reflects the tradition of the culture in which the people used the pose for prayer and
greetings. It needs to be said that unlike the period before, the Akkadian period which was
mainly depicted by its changing dynamism of nature, the Neo-Sumerian culture was mainly
characterized by quiet serenity and religious reservations.
If one would try and seek and have a purpose for the statue, one would have to understand that
Gudea, like other ancient rulers was an epitome of religion, and he regarded himself as a just
ruler. He was seen as a person ...
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