The Sumerian orant or statue dates from 2400 B.C. and was photographed in the National Museum in Mexico City. The wide open eyes represent full awareness and consciousness in the presence of the Deity. The Sumerians were the first organized society of the Old World which concentrated and developed higher knowledge. Their works of art such as orants were conceived and created in sacred spaces while the Goddess or Deity was being invoked. The intention was to transmit a certain higher state of consciousness represented by the sculptures to future generations as 'imprinted artifacts' which could be 'read' by sensitive or spiritually developed individuals.