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Statuette of a Striding Figure

A work made of copper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copper.


3000-2800 BCE


Proto-Elamite or Mesopotamian

About this artwork

Cast in solid copper and executed with a remarkable degree of sophistication, this statuette is thought to represent a supernatural being that served as an intermediary between the physical world and the spiritual realm. It depicts a muscular, bearded male wearing a headdress of goat horns and ears, a raptor skin over his shoulders, a cylindrical belt around his trim waist, and ankle boots with long, curved toes. His eyes are inlaid with bits of shell or stone; the now-missing pupils were probably made from a contrasting material. It is one of a pair of virtually identical figures (the other is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) that are unlike anything else that is known today.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 151


Ancient Mesopotamian


Statuette of a Striding Figure




3000 BCE–2800 BCE




17.2 × 5.7 × 5.7 cm (6 3/4 × 2 1/4 × 2 1/4 in.)

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Anonymous loan

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