Male figurine representing the god Papsukkal or NinshuburOn display
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Male figurine representing the god Papsukkal or Ninshubur
Material and technique
terracotta, hand-modelled and with incised detail
Dimensionsat base 16.8 x 4 x 4.2 cm (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Allocated by the Oxford Field Museum Expedition to Kish, 1924.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 19 | Ancient Near East
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Roughly handmodelled with incised details; sun-dried brown clay; (now much restored); traces of black paint. Standing, wearing horned headdress with three pairs of horns crudely represented by incised lines; square cut beard; left arm held forward, hand lost (it originally held "a long thin copper staff"); right hand held up in a threatening posture, hand lost (originally held "a copper weapon"); ankle-length garment; set on a square base. According to Langdon two such figures were found in foundation boxes; but it was "impossible to remove them in their original condition".
In: Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Moorey, P. R. S., Ancient Near Eastern Terracottas (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), 189, p.138, illus. p.138