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    Religious Purposes of Statues of Ancient Sumer and Egypt

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    In seven pages two statues Sumer's Eannatum, The Prince of Lagash and Egypt's Official Clasping Emblem of God Min with the Figure of the God Ptah are examined in terms of the reasons for their creation, the purpose they serve and the figures themselves. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    205063 Ancient Statues: Eannatum, The Prince of Lagash and the Official Clasping Emblem of God Min By:  C.B. Rodgers - October 2001 -- for more information on using this paper properly! Introduction The challenge that must be considered when examining ancient  is trying to understand the realities of the world in which it was created. As the student working on this project researches the two statues, it is important to understand  just how very different the world was thousands of years in the past. People understood what happened to them and what caused the events around them to be the work  of the supernatural beings -- whether gods and goddesses, demons, or the result of magical interactions between the human world and that of the divine. These same peoples turned to  their gods in all instances, both for support as well as protection. Because history usually excludes the details of such supernatural deities and forces, myth, religion, and the few  ancient manuscripts that still exist must be considered in the interpretation of any individual piece of art. Eannatum, The Prince of Lagash There was not just one "Prince of Lagash"  since Lagash existed as one of the ancient city-states of southern Mesopotamia. As the student researches information on this unique representation of Eannatum, he or she should keep this fact  in mind. In addition, it is important to pay attention to the names of the various princes that seem so similar. According to Stone (1997) the cities and city-states were  the most typical and enduring political and social structures existing throughout the history of that civilization. The Menil Collection, a unique museum in Houston, Texas, houses the collection of 

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