Statues of Worshippers from the Temple of Eshnunna

Votive figurines from the Temple of Eshnunna
Carved from gypsum with shell and black limestone inlay, these statues are part of a large collection of figurines found in the Temple of Eshnunna, which range from a few inches in height to 2.5 feet. The figures depict mortals clasping their hands in a gesture of prayer. The large eyes of these figures symbolize their ability to see the divine. The purpose of these statues are thought to be that of worshipping the patron deity of the temple during times that priests and priestesses were unavailable to do so.
Photo credit / Reproduced in Kleiner courtesy: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, New York University of Louisville Digital Library