Seated Gudea holding temple plan

Seated Gudea holding Temple Plan, known as “Architect with Plan,” c. 2100 B.C.E. (Neo-Sumerian/Ur III period), from Girsu (modern Telloh, Iraq), diorite, 93 x 41 x 61 cm (Musée du Louvre, Paris)

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Translations of Gudea cylinders A and B

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Seated Gudea holding temple plan," in Smarthistory, October 26, 2017, accessed April 21, 2019,