The Uruk period (ca. 4000 to 3100 BC) existed from the protohistoric Chalcolithic to Early Bronze Age period in the history of Mesopotamia.This is a white stone (alabaster) figurine dominated by huge, staring eyes with incised details. Tell Brak was a major Mesopotamian city in northeastern Syria, located on a trade route between the Tigris river valley north to Anatolia, the Euphrates, and the Mediterranean Sea. The most famous building excavated at this huge site was the Eye Temple, where thousands of figures made of stone with incised eyes have been excavated. Archaeologists believe that these were placed there as offerings. Wide eyes meant attentiveness to their gods in Mesopotamian art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a very similar example to this one; another type, with "spectacles" made of perforated circles, is held by the Louvre.