These enamelled bricks formed part of an altar at the forecourt of the temple palace of Guzana (or Gozan). From Tell Halaf (modern Al-Hasaka Governorate), northeastern Syria. Neo-Assyrian period, circa 800 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
This clay tablet lists the names of certain persons with their corresponding official designation. The Archaic buildings of the Ishtar Temple were in use from 2500-2000 BCE. From the Archaic temples (or buildings) of Ishtar at the city of Ashur, northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
Only the upper half of this small female terracotta statuette has survived. The woman wears a hat and a necklace and covers her naked breasts with her hands. The Archaic buildings of the Ishtar Temple were in use from 2500-2000 BCE. From the Archaic temples (or buildings) of Ishtar at the city of Ashur, northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
This small alabaster (height 46 cm) statuette depicts a bearded bald-headed man. He clasps his hands in a prayer attitude. The upper part of the body is naked, while the lower half is covered by a sheepskin skirt. It was found in the anteroom to the cella of archaic Ishtar Temple in the city of Ashur. The statuette most likely represents a priest/man of... [continue reading]
This small terracotta toy in the shape of a wagon was a votive donation to the goddess Ishtar. The Archaic buildings of the Ishtar temple were in use from 2500-2000 BCE. From the Archaic temples (or buildings) of Ishtar at the city of Ashur, northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
The cuneiform inscriptions on the back of this small diorite statue (height 18 cm) read, "Dedicated to the god Ningizzida, his god, by Ur-ningirsu, priest-prince of Lagash, son of Gudea, priest-prince of Lagash." This bearded man is Ur-ningirsu. The mouth and the nose appear to be damaged on purpose. Probably, Ur-ningirsu dedicated this statuette of himself... [continue reading]
This alabaster bas relief depicts marching shield bearers accompanied by a group of musicians who carry different musical instruments. The male musicians are carrying rectangular drums with a string; this instrument can still be found in modern Iraq and northern Africa and is seen here for the very first time! The same applies to the cymbals, which are made... [continue reading]
A close-up view of some glazed-bricks of the side walls of the processional street at Babylon. The street and its Ishtar Gate were built by King Nebuchadnezzar II. From Babylon, Mesopotamia, Iraq. Neo-Babylonian period, 575 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
This statue was unearthed during the German excavations at the city of Ashur in 1905 CE. The statue depicts a man in a long gown, which is girded at the waist with a belt. The details of the body, especially at the shoulders and upper arms are marvelous. In the year 1983 CE, Iraqi archaeologists discovered the head of this statue at the same place. Altogether... [continue reading]
This was part of a wall relief and was found inside a well within the courtyard of the temple of Ashur at the city of Ashur, the capital city of the Assyrians. The central part of the relief depicts a male deity. Two smaller water deities stand on either side of him. He holds two long branches, and two goats (standing on their hind legs) appear to eat from... [continue reading]