Statuette of a Striding Figure

A work made of copper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copper.

Date:

3000/2800 BC

Artist:

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.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Title

Statuette of a Striding Figure

Origin

Mesopotamia

Date

3000–2800

Medium

Copper

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Anonymous loan

Reference Number

611.2010

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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