El Cronograma

Katherine Moran
History of Art and Visual Culture 102-099WB
Prof. Denise Budd
Seated Statue of Gudea, 2150-2100 BC

The Metropolitan Museum has the Seated Statue of Gudea on a place not such high, and this statue is not covered round it. Also, the museum has it in a place where there is not much light. This object at first glance looks very well maintained. However, around the neck we can see that has small cracks.   The Seated Statue of Gudea is from Neo-Sumerian period in the 2150–2100 B.C, and it is made of diorite. Diorite is a very hard, durable, expressive stone. I think that the arties used this stone because it is a very hard, and it means eternity. Also, I think it was difficult to make this figure for the hardness of this stone. This figure does not have a lot of details for example: Gudea follows a short composition canon and rounded. His Form is schematized as seen in hands and feet just outlined, while his face remains an idealized position without natural features since it is not a portrait. Stresses the expressiveness of open eyes, and they are framed by a delineated eyebrows that give a sense of hieratic. He wears a headdress carved with spirals. The robe that covers the body leaving one shoulder uncovered, and down to her feet, and it serves as support for several cuneiform inscriptions identifying the character and function of the part. The high of this statue is the 44 cm. Gudea was a ruler from the city of Lagash, and this city was not conquering by the Akkadians. Gudea built a lot of temples, and each temple he did put a statue of him. He did this because Gods told him that they would bring them prosperity, good crops, water and wool. Gudea kept the peace and prosperity of his kingdom during his tenure, and attributed his good luck to his excellent relations with the divinities. Also, his sculptures, placed in the temple in the presence of God in an attitude of constant prayer, were "perpetual reminder of faithful service of the...