A number of basalt columns and their fragments were uncovered during archaeological excavations at the "Row of Stelae" at the city of Ashur. These were brought to the city as part of an important booty. The cuneiform inscriptions on this octagonal column (with leaf capital) read: "Monument of Shamshi-Adad, king of Assyria, son of Tiglath-pileser, king... [continue reading]
This alabaster statue depicts a man who wears a fringed robe. It probably came from an Ishtar temple. The statue likely represents a local ruler of the city of Ashur; his name was Zariqum. This ruler was loyal to Amar-Sin, king of Ur. The man's garment and his posture are consistent with similar art works of that period. Ur III, circa 2000 BCE. From Ashur, northern... [continue reading]
by Osama SM Amin
published on 01 September 2014
published on 01 September 2014
This commemorative basalt stela depicts the Assyrian king Esarhaddon worshiping gods and symbols of gods. The king's left hand holds a royal mace and two ropes. These ropes pass through the lips of two captives. The kneeling smaller figure appears to an Egyptian crown prince, while the larger standing man is a Syrian city-state governor. There are cuneiform inscriptions... [continue reading]
In this photo, part of the so-called the inscription plaque (or building inscription) of the Ishtar Gate appears. The cuneiform inscriptions of the whole text read: "I (Nebuchadnezzar) laid the foundation of the gates down to the ground water level and had them built out of pure blue stone. Upon the walls in the inner room of the gate are bulls and dragons... [continue reading]
When discovered, this water basin was completely shattered. It was cut originally from a single basalt block and was located in the courtyard of the temple of Ashur. At each corner and side of the basin's walls, there are water gods holding water-flowing water jugs. Water flows from the sky above, into the jugs, and downward to the earth below. Two priests... [continue reading]
The cuneiform inscriptions on the upper part of the stela say that Sammu-ramat (or Shammuramat) is the wife (and palace women) of Shamshi-Adad V, king of all, king of Ashur; the mother of Adad-Nirari III, king of all, king of Ashur; and the daughter in law of Shalmaneser III, king of the four corners of the world. From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu; Biblical Calah... [continue reading]
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]