Votive Statue of Eannatum, Prince of Lagash
My museum object is on Eannatum, the prince of Lagash, and I chose this particular piece because it was the most unique from all the other pieces. The votive statue is from the Early Dynastic II period, which lasted from, 2600 to 2340 B.C. The unique fact about this statue is that, on the back of the statue, there is a genuine inscription on his back, where the cuneiform script for ‘Eannatum, prince of Lagash, son of Akurgal has been carefully chipped out of the rock (Lin).
The inscription has a pictographic base and on the statue if looking closely, you can see the prince’s name inscribed in the upper right shoulder. Eannatum means, “worthy of e-anna” and was given in respect to the planetary goddess, Inanna, who was basically the Venus of the Romans. While the inscription follows custom rituals, at times there are exceptions and this inscription is not finished with a commitment to religious conviction.
The high style is of an alabaster model and basically is a statue of a bald-headed man standing with his hands clasped in front of him. But to what seems so plain, there are a lot of interesting ways to describe the descriptions of his face, eyes, dressing, and other features. The votive statue of Eannatum has pearl type inlays and a modern bitumin inlay. The statue is Sumerian, which is the earliest civilization known to history and is known as modern day Iraq. It was once a part of Mesopotamia, the region where agriculture and cities first developed.
One of the oldest forms of writing was cuneiform and during the Early Dynastic period, both temples and private residencies shared architectural concepts (Amiet). These residencies were housed to kings and priests, and they are the iconographies in the images in art. The kings and priests were known to act of being God and thought to be in human form. In the Early Dynasty, religion played a bigger role in the culture as much as the beliefs and artistic images...