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).
A soapstone sculpture depicting a cup fixed on the back of standing animals. From Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq); location and date of excavation are unknown. Circa 3000 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
The cuneiform inscriptions on this door socket mention the name of Shalmaneser III, King of Assyria (858-824 BCE). The king dedicated the stone to the gods Anu and Adad for his life and the well-being of his people. From Anu-Adad temple at Assur, northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
This incense burner was found at the so-called Archaic Ishtar Temple at Assur (Ashur). Incineration of various substances was an important event during sacrificial ceremonies. From Assur, northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. 2400 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
This rock relief lies on the cliff of Hareer Mountain, which looks over the modern village of Patas and Hareer, Erbil Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan. The relief depicts a standing man who wears a hat, raises his right arm, and holds a long spare in his left arm. It is surrounded by a prominent frame. Archaeologists think that this relief commemorates the victory... [continue reading]
This glass container was mounted on a four-footed animal (turtle?) and was free-blown. From Mesopotamia, Iraq. 226-750 CE. The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq.
Alabaster bas-relief of the head of Rabsharishi, a high-ranking official in the Assyrian army. From Mesopotamia; place and date of excavation are unknown. Neo-Assyrian period, 911-612 BCE. Erbil Civilization Museum, Iraq.
Limestone statue of Sanatruq I, King of Hatra. From Hatra (modern Ninawa Governorate, Iraq), Mesopotamia. 140-180 CE. Erbil Civilization Museum, Iraq.
This pottery tomb is composed of two parts and is in the shape of an egg. It was probably used for burying dead children. From Tell Qaling Agha at modern Erbil Governorate, Iraq. 3500-3100 BCE. Erbil Civilization Museum, Iraq.