For Artwork in Focus we explore individual artworks, critiquing their style and discussing their socio-political context. Today we look at Foundation Peg Probably of King Shulgi (2094-2047 BCE) (late 3rd millennium BCE) which is Attributed to the Lion Painter.
About the Work
Title : Foundation Peg Probably of King Shulgi (2094-2047 BCE)
Year : late 3rd millennium BCE
Medium : Copper
Dimensions : 26.5 x 8.7 x 4.7 cm (10 7/16 x 3 7/16 x 1 7/8 in.)
Location : Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
According to the digital catalogue of the Harvard Art Museums :
“This peg is a solid cast made in a two-part mold that was poorly aligned, as can be seen from the raised seam lines visible along the sides of the figure. There does not seem to have been much effort made to remove the seam lines, which suggests that this was perhaps not an object of the highest quality.”
The piece is placed alongside others that originate from between the ancients regions of Antolia and Central Asia, from the Sumerian to the Sasanian periods. This particular artefact belongs to the Neo-Sumerian period.
Foundation Peg Probably of King Shulgi (2094-2047 BCE) is housed in the Harvard Art Museums in Room 3440. It is part of the museum’s collection of the Ancient Near Eastern Art in the Service of Kings – Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art. The piece has been housed at the Fogg Art Museum since 1995.
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