These fragments were part of a stela which was found at the Row of Stelae in the city of Ashur. It depicts a woman who wears a crown in the shape of a crenelated city wall. This is queen Ashur-Sharrat, wife of Ashurbanipal. It is rare to see an Assyrian queen without her husband. The queen raises her hand in salutation. Limestone, from Ashur, northern Mesopotamia... [continue reading]
This alabaster bas relief was part of a large wall relief that depicts the military campaign of Ashurbanipal against the Elamite city of Din-sharri. The relief shows an Assyrian soldier leading a captured woman and a cow away, as part of the deportation of people. Only a small part of the woman's body has been preserved. Neo-Assyrian period, 7th century... [continue reading]
Pivot stone with inscription of the king Enmetena of Lagash. Circa 2340 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
This basalt stele was found in Bamboula, Kition (modern Laranca, Cyprus) in 1845 CE. The cuneiform inscriptions on the frontal side of the stele commemorate Sargon's victories against Medes, Babylon, Syria, and Urartu. The king worships in front of god symbols. Reign of Sargon II, 721-705 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
A stone ring of a well curb with cuneiform inscriptions which mention the name of the king Shu-Sin of Ur. Ur III, 2030 BCE. From southern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Pergamon Museum).
A foundation cone with cuneiform inscriptions. The name of the king Sin-Iddinam of Larsa appears. Neo-Babylonian period, 1849-1843 BCE. From southern Mesopotamia, Iraq. The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
An inscribed clay cylinder of Warad-Sin, ruler of Larsa. From Babylon (modern Babel Governorate, Iraq). 1834-1823 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
Clay cylinder of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. The cuneiform inscriptions on this cylinder talk about Nemitti-Ellil (or Nemet-Enlil), the inner wall of Babylon's double city walls.
A hollow brick with a stamped inscription of the Neo-Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II. From Babylon (modern Babel Governorate), Mesopotamia, Iraq. 604-562 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
This is part of the facade of the temple of Inanna at Uruk. There are standing male and female deities in alternate niches. Each figure holds a vessel in his/her hands and pours life-giving water forth on to the earth. The cuneiform inscriptions on the bricks mention the name of the Kassite ruler Kara-indash as the person who ordered the building of this temple... [continue reading]