Sumerian Stone Eye Idol Temple Stele
An ancient Sumerian steatite stele, carved on each side with two schematic temple facade structures surmounted by pairs of large almond-shaped eyes, between them are five concentric circles, the outer two open at the top, bands and wave patterns above and below.
Late Uruk Period.
Eyes figure prominently in the iconography of ancient Mesopotamia, as in the Eye Idols of Tel Brak and other sites. Votive stelae are known from the earliest periods of Mesopotamian art. Images of temples, as on the Michaux Stele, are sometimes found. Images depicting Eye Temples themselves are exceedingly rare.
Formerly in the Jens Rid collection, Germany, 1960s.
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