A bronze door-slab from Ezida Temple, Borsippa

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published on 31 March 2014

This door-slab came from the lower part of a flight of steps in the Temple of Ezida in Borsippa, part of the building works of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 BCE). The recess is for a door-post. The pattern represents a carpet ornamented with rosettes.
The door slab has been cut in two and it may have have been relaid about 268 BCE under the Seleucid Greek emperor Antiochus I, the last ruler to have restored this temple.

Neo-Babylonian era, about 604-562 BCE. From Borsippa, Temple of Ezida, Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The British Museum, London)


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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