She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia

  • June 18, 2021 through January 9, 2022
  • The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
This exhibit brings together for the first time a comprehensive selection of artworks that capture rich and shifting expressions of the lives of women in Mesopotamia during the third millennium BCE. These works bear testament to the roles of women in religious contexts as goddesses, priestesses and worshipers, as well as in social, economic and political spheres as mothers, workers and rulers. One particularly remarkable woman who wielded considerable religious and political power was the high priestess and poet Enheduanna (ca. 2300 BCE), the earliest-named author in world literature.
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Fragment of a vessel with frontal image of a goddess, Mesopotamia, Sumerian, early Dynastic IIIb period, ca. 2400 BCE. Cuneiform inscription in Sumerian, basalt (25.1 x 18.6 x 4 centimeters).
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