Art History I
Professor V. Wind
The piece of art work I chose at the Menil Art Museum was the Votive Statue of Eannatum, Prince of Lagash. This piece of art was from Sumer, Early Dynastic III, 2600-2340 B.C. This Votive Statue was found in Southern Iraq. The Votive Statue is made of, alabaster, lapis lazuli, mother of pearl, and modern bitumen inlays.
This Votive Statue is very similar to the Votive statues that we have studied in class. The Votive statue in the museum said that it was a Prince of Lagash. The Votive statues we studied did not have any certain name of importance.
However, these Votive Statues have very similar traits. This Votive Statue has a continuous eyebrow that forms along the wide eyes that have been painted on the face. The hair is also painted on, like a thin line. The head seems to be very large compared to the rest of the body. The nose is wide at the bottomand the mouth seems to have somewhat of a smirk. As we continue down the body of the statue, his shoulders are broad but yet he has a slim chest. His hands are held at his chest as if he was praying. His chest is bare. The statue is wearing a patterned kilt. His feet are in a forward position set on a stone.
The Votive Statues that we have studied in class are very similar to this piece of work. The statues we studied were found in the Southern Mesopotamia around 2900-2600 B.C. and they were also made of all the same materials as the Votive Statue, Prince of Lagash. Many of the statues that we have studied had different kilt and many did not have any paint on their faces. All of them had their hands at their chest as if they were praying and they all had the very wide eyes. Most of the Votive Statues were women.
Overall, the style and the elements of the works of art are very similar. They were just found at different times and named differently and used for different purposes.