Statuette of a kneeling man, known as the Worshipper of Larsa. Dedicated by an inhabitant of Larsa to the god Amurru for the life of Hammurabi. Bronze and gold, early 2nd millenium BC.

According to the inscription, this votive statue was dedicated to the Sumerian god Martu (Akkadian Amurru), and would have likely been intended for the temple of that deity.

Translated, the inscription reads:

For the god Martu, his god, for the life of Hammurabi, king of Babylon, Lu-Nanna, […], son of Sin-le’i, fashioned for him, for his life, a suppliant statue of copper, [its] face [plat]ed with gold. He dedicated it to him as his servant.

Such works were commissioned not only to curry favor with the king, but also to secure his protection and the prosperity of his kingdom.

Courtesy & currently located at the Louvre, France. Photo taken by Ramaref: Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C.

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