A close-up image of a colorful scene on a tile from Assyria which shows that the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II is accompanied by a bodyguard and attendants. This tile was probably part of a sequence showing the king as triumphant warrior and hunter. It is thought that most Assyrian palaces and major buildings had such paintwork and decorative elements... [continue reading]
This limestone head of a woman was probably inlaid with colorless glass. There is a circular hole through the center of the head, by which it was probably mounted on a wooden shaft. The overall depiction of the woman's face is not fine; her face has a lifeless and frozen appearance which is more reflective of Syrian than Assyrian art. From the temple... [continue reading]
This drinking vessel was made in the shape of an adult woman and was probably used for votive purposes. It was found at the temple of Ishtar at Ashur (Assur), the Assyrian capitals at that time. 1500-1200 BCE. Northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The British Museum, London).
A fragment of a circular stone vessel which was dedicated to the temple of God Nergal by a high official. The carved scenes in low relief depict the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III on his knees before a central object (lost), probably a sacred tree. However, it is very likely the central object was Nergal himself, as there is a remnant of an eagle-like foot... [continue reading]
August 11, 2014. It was a partly cloudy day. I arrived at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin around 10 AM. I found a long queue . . . Average waiting time: two hours! I asked a guard about this. He said, This line is for holders of priority pass tickets and pre-booked tickets. I said, OK, where I can buy this priority pass ticket? The answer was, You... [continue reading]
This piece of ivory is part of the so-called "Nimrud Ivories." These ivories decorated chariots, high status furniture, and horse trappings. They were covered with thin gold-leaf or ornamented with semi-precious stones. It is thought these ivories were made by Phonetician craftsmen; the overall Egyptian style on scene depictions is very striking. From Nimrud... [continue reading]
This alabaster bas-relief shows a head of a bearded man. The fragment was part of a larger relief which depicts a procession of tribute bearers. The man's turban and his hair style and beard suggest that the man came from the western part of the Assyrian empire, probably from modern-day Syrian coast or Turkey. From the palace of king Sargon II at Dur-Sharrukin... [continue reading]
by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)
published on 09 October 2014
published on 09 October 2014
The cave lies to the west of the city of Sulaimaniya, near the modern village Chemi Rezan. Kiz Kapan is Turkish term which means "the girl's abductor." The term is a modern one and bears no relationship with the cave's history. The cave dates back to 600-550 BCE, when the Medes dominated the area. The most striking feature at the entrance of the cave... [continue reading]
Limestone head of a statue, probably Gudea, ruler of Lagash. The rest of the body is missing. Probably from Tell Telloh (ancient Girsu), southern Mesopotamia, Iraq. 2144-2124 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
A fragment of a vase with a depiction of the goddess Nisaba (also Ninibgal or Nidaba), goddess of writing, learning, and the harvest. The cuneiform inscription on the vase mention the name of Entemena, ruler of Lagash. Chlorite. From Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq); location and date of excavation are unknown. 2430 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).