Assyrian Sumerian Goddess Inanna Ishtar Mari Lady Of Wel Spring Sculpture Statue 7" Tall www.Neo-Mfg.com home decor art
Statue of the archaeological site of Mari
Statue of the Goddess with gushing vase from the archaeological site of Mari, preserved in the National Museum of Aleppo, Syria
The goddess with the springing vase; Mari - Syria:
This statue was discovered in 1963, in Mari, in the excavations of the palace of Zimri-Lim (at the foot of the podium in room 64: the throne room).
It was vandalized and fragmented into several segments during the looting of Mari by the soldiers of Hammurabi of Babylon in the middle of the 18th century BC. The head was found in the basin of court 106 of the same palace.
This work of art illustrates the theme of the vase springing from life-giving waters , a symbol of fertility, abundance and prosperity. This theme was often reproduced in works of art from different regions of Mesopotamia and it was known from the last quarter of the third millennium BC. AD (Akkadian and Neo-Sumerian periods).
The white limestone statue, 142 cm high, represents a standing goddess, wearing a wig helmet or a tiara (headdress of kings in the ancient East) enclosed in a pair of horns whose volume proves that she is a minor goddess. The thick wave mats of the hair fall symmetrically on each side on the shoulders and decorated with a bun . The eyes are emptied of their lapis lazuli shell inlays. The nose has been hammered since antiquity.
The entire face is characterized by its very fine features, then the dimple of the chin and the delicacy of the cheeks reveal a discreet smile.
The neck is decorated with a six-row necklace made up of round pearls of different sizes. Three simple shape bracelets on each wrist of the hands.
The goddess is dressed in a long dress to the ground flaring slightly to the sides and gets up slightly in the middle to climb the feet of the goddess. This dress is tight and revealing its feminine forms, especially at the level of its chest which seems provided with beautiful breasts, harmonious and firm.
The bodice is treated in crossed bands , ending in short sleeves with scalloped edges. characteristic of fashion at Mari at this time.
The beltwho wears the goddess is formed of two juxtaposed bands. The part of the dress which is below the belt is made up of five segments united by four horizontal lines of junction (taking the form of light recesses). This part of the dress is also decorated by wavy lines, incised in the limestone and ending in a spiral ; they are crossed by ascending and descending fish . These vertical lines represent the rivers, rich in life, which spring from the inclined and hollow mud that the goddess carries between her two hands at the height of the belt.
It is indeed a dynamic statue, because the cavity of the vase held by the goddess communicates with an inner channel crossing the statue vertically to its base in order to be able to connect it to a source of water or a magic solution . During religious ceremonies, the priest could, by a hidden mechanism, to spout out through vase, the precious liquid so that it can then run down the robe and its vertical, sinuous and fishy incises and give the religious spectacle its appearance mysterious and magical. This functionality of the statue involved the installation of a complex and invisible haudrolic system in the palace.
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