Standing Male Worshiper Descriptive Essay by Nicky

Standing Male Worshiper
A description and analysis of the standing male worshiper statue at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
# 128559 | 1,312 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper describes the standing male worshiper in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and examines its importance in understanding the ancient Sumerian culture. The paper supports the thesis that the statue was more than decorative and served a purpose greater than that of simply art. The paper shows how, taken in context, the standing male worshipper gives us many clues into ancient Sumerian religion and cosmology.

From the Paper:

"The standing male worshiper in the Metropolitan museum of art dates to between 2750-2600 BC during the early Dynastic Period. It is in the Sumerian style. The maker of the statue is not known. It is made of alabaster and embellished with shell and black limestone. The statue stands 11 5/8" tall. It is currently housed in the metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
"The man is standing with his hands folded left over right and held at his solar plexus. The elbows are slightly bent and at about a 35 degree below the hands. The man is wearing what appear to be two layers of clothing. The outer layer is straight and sleeveless. The shoulders of the outer tunic are indicated by a seam at the shoulders, angling in slightly to the chest. The under tunic appears to be of thinner material, as indicated by the fine pleats at the bottom. The sleeves of the tunic are tapered down the arms, but have no visible endpoint. The weight of the fabrics is indicated by they way they fall on the worshiper."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • "Standing male worshipper [central Mesopotamia] (40.156)". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-. (Accessed November 6, 2008).
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