Yet, a few metres away, another stone statue shows Mesopotamian ruler Gudea
, who also ruled over a large empire, standing humbly with his hands clasped.
The group paid particular attention to a statue of Maitreya, a Buddha from the Malla dynasty in Nepal dating back to 1100-1200, a statue of Gudea
, prince of Lagash from Muse du Louvre, the Winged dragon, a statue of Dancing Shiva and Fountain of Light by renowned Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei.
Part of these treasures include 13 fragments of a frieze that reveal Surah Al Hashr from the Holy Quran, a statue of Alexander the Great, a Portrait of Fayoum which dates back to 22-250 A.D, Antinoopolis, Bactrian Princess statue - end of third or beginning of second millennium BC Central Asia, a statue of Gudea
, the Prince of Lagash, from the Neo-Sumerian period, 2125 - 2110 BC in Ancient Girsu, now known as Iraq, as well as an ancient statue of the Sphinx, which dates back to the 6th century BC.
The earliest evidence for this usage, I submit, is in Gudea
's statue and cylinder inscriptions from the twenty-second to twenty-first century B.C.E.
The museum includes a statue of Gudea
, Ruler of Iraqi ancient City of Girsu, in the year 2300 BC, a location for copper mining, another for shell jewelry, another for the primitive fishing equipment in Ras Al Jinz area and a location for incense and beauty materials.
It will also feature paintings, sculptures, masks and vases from pre-Bronze Age to Pop Art, including 4,000-year-old statue of Mesopotamian ruler Gudea
Among artworks from antiquity heading to Abu Dhabi are a 4,000-year-old statue of Mesopotamian ruler Gudea
, a figurine of King Ramses II from Egypt's 19th dynasty, and a 16th century ornate Nigerian salt seller.
Scholars of the ancient Near East have shown how temples were often connected to acts of creation, from the Akkadian Enuma Elish to the Sumerian Gudea
Among the best is a commandingly still Egyptian baboon (c.1350BC), the sinuously sensual Sanchi Torso from India (c.900AD), the poignant portrait of Gudea
, king of Lagash, Mesopotamia (c.2130) and some Assyrian reliefs.