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This paper compares and contrast Virgin and Child. Northern France, 2nd quarter of the 14th century A.D., wood, (1) and Ennatum, Prince of Lagash, 2450 B.C., Sumeria (Sourthern Iraq) , composite materials (alabaster, lapis lazuli, mother of pearl). (2) Both works are from the Menil Collection in Houston. The second set of works this paper compares and contrasts is the Head of Poseidon, 227 - 221 B.C., bronze,(3) and The Pharaoh Ramesses II., 1279 -1212 B.C., granodiorite (4) at the Museum of Fine Art - Houston.

The Virgin and Child is around 3 feet tall; she is wearing a gown that drapes around her and covers her head like a veil. The gown has the look of gathering and draping over her body, and her abdomen bulges out slightly from under it. Her face has a slight smile, her eyes are uneven but gentle, and she is missing her right hand. She is holding a child with her left arm cradling the bottom of the child and her left hand comes from under and over the front of the child. She holds him on her left side almost at shoulder level. The child is missing his head and left hand , his right hand is held up towards the virgin's face with two of the child's fingers pointed up . The Ennatum, Prince of Lagash is around one foot tall. The work is a light sand colored statue of a small man with no hair standing with his blue eyes open; his one eyebrow comes over both eyes and merges in the center, and he has a very subtle smile on his face. He stands with no shirt, and his hands are folded together over his chest , just below his blue nipples. He wears a skirt that hangs to the knees. The sculpture appears smooth except for the cracks around his knees. The Greek-Hellenistic Head of Poseidon is the size of an average human head. His color is green and he is smooth and shiny. The face has details of drooping and puffing around…...

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