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).
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]