A finely scuplted Akkadian stone head fragment of a king worshipper, most likely belonging to the Mari culture, dating to the Early Dynastic Period, circa 2900-2330 BC. Facial features are carefully rendered in an idealised naturalistic style. The face features a single almond-shaped eye, an arched eyebrow and a high, prominent nose. The figure’s full beard is sculpted with raised strands, terminating into a curved end, framed by a wide raised band. Such rendering of the beard is typical of kings’ beards, as seen on monumental reliefs of the same period.
Date: Circa 2900-2330 BC
Period: The Early Dynastic Period