Seated Gudea holding temple plan

Shown with an architectural plan in his lap, this prince constructed temples to the gods and likenesses of himself.


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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This sculpture at the Louvre

Translations of Gudea cylinders A and B

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