Sumerian Votive Figurines
Carved of limestone or gypsum, these pious babies were left along the walls of the temple sanctuary dedicated to the ancient near-eastern god of fertile harvests, Abu. Like human beings, the figurines displayed different forms and features, but they all had two things in common: 1) they were tucked in the the soil of present-day Iraq until U of Chicago wrenched them for their own in 1905, and 2) they’ve been looking up at either dirt or sky since 2900 BCE.
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