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.
This pot (and its cap) was made of basalt and was probably used for votive purposes. There are cuneiform inscriptions on the upper side of the pot. Below the cuneiform inscriptions, there is a scene depicting a man pouring water on a tree, followed by a cattle. From Mesopotamia, Iraq. 3rd millennium BCE. Erbil Civilization Museum, Iraq.
The cuneiform inscriptions on this door socket mention the name of Shu-Sin, King of Ur. From Mesopotamia, Iraq. Neo-Sumerian period (Ur III), 2037-2029 BCE. Erbil Civilization Museum, Iraq.