(F) Statuette of
Ebhi-il, alabaster, Mari, Early Dynastic, c. 2500 BCE, h: 52.5 cm. From
the Early Dynastic - Northern Mesopotamian Period, 2900 BCE - 2350 BCE.
Found in Mari (Tell Hariri). Side view and close-up of statue of Ebhi-il.
A common practice of worshippers during the Early Dynastic period was
to place votive statues in temples, thus erecting a personal representation
in eternal prayer before the gods, and eliciting eternal favors. Ebih-Il
was an official of Mari in the Early Dynastic III period, c. 2500 BCE,
and a number of statues, both male and female, have been found alongside
his in the Temple of Ishtar of Mari. His statue represents the finest
in carving techniques, evident in the sinuous curves of the skirt flounces
and the meticulous detailing of the beard. Strommenger, Eva. 5000 Years
of the Art of Mesopotamia. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1964, pl 88.
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