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.
This double-tubed unguentarium (a small container that probably held oil) was decorated with two spiral threads. From Mesopotamia, Iraq. 226-750 CE. The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq.
A newly discovered partially broken tablet V of the Epic of Gilgamesh: "the episode of the journey of Gilgamesh and Enkidu." According to Professor Farouk Al-Rawi (of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), this tablets narrates how Gilgamesh and Enkidu enter the cedar forest and kill Humbaba. Professor Al-Rawi also said that... [continue reading]
This tablet contains a list of goods. From Mesopotamia, Iraq. Early dynastic period, 3rd millennium BCE. The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq.
Bakr Awa is a mound southeast of the modern city of Sulaimaniya, near the city of Halabja, within the Sharazor plain, Iraqi Kurdistan. A German archaeological team headed by Professor Peter Miglus (of the University of Heidelberg) has been excavating the site since 2010 in cooperation with the Sulaimaniya Antiquities Directorate and the Sulaimaniya Museum... [continue reading]
This is a school tablet which displays mathematical texts. From modern Tell Harmal (ancient Shaduppum), near Baghdad, Iraq. Old-Babylonian period, 2nd millennium BCE. The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq.