Sumerian Gypsum statue from ancient Mesopotamia Early Dynastic I–III Period (ca. 2750 - 2500 BC) from Tell Asmar, Iraq, Diyala Region. Believed to be self portraits, they were presented to temples as votive gifts to honour the gods and represent their donors. Excavated by the Oriental Institute and on display in the Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery. Used with permission of the Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago.