This frieze was excavated at the base of the temple of the goddess Ninhursag at Tell Al-Ubaid. The lion-headed eagle monster, or Imdugud, grasps a pair of deer. Imdugud represents the Sumerian god Ningirsu, and it is unknown why it was placed at the temple of Ninhursag. The frieze was probably placed above one of the main doorways of the temple. It was found... [continue reading]
The upper register shows a naked priest followed by three worshippers. The priest pours an unknown liquid offering from a spouted vessel into a stemmed dish or stand, in front of a horned god figure. In the lower register, there are three worshippers; one of them carries an animal offering and one of them is a woman who is shown "full-faced." She may be... [continue reading]
A woman looking out of a balustraded window was a popular theme in Phoenician art. This is possibly related to the goddess Astarte and ritual prostitution. This piece belongs to a large collection of the so-called "Nimrud ivories." These carved ivories decorated luxury furniture, boxes, and horse harnesses. Neo-Assyrian period, 9th-7th centuries BCE, from... [continue reading]
"Woman at the window" or "the lady of the window" is one of the most famous scenes in Phoenician ivory carving. The plaque shows a woman who looks out of a window, thought to be a sacred prostitute linked to the goddess Astarte or Ishtar. However, the exact significance of the scene is still unknown. Neo-Assyrian period, 9th-7th centuries BCE. From Nimrud, Mesopotamia... [continue reading]
This terracotta plaque dates back to the old Babylonian period. It depicts a male and female having sex while the woman drinks a fluid (beer?) from a jar through a straw. Such scenes were mass-produced in southern Mesopotamia during the old Babylonian era. The precise idea behind producing these erotic scenes is unknown but there may well have been a religious... [continue reading]
This terracotta plaque dates back to the old Babylonian period. It depicts a male and female having sex in a missionary position. Such scenes were mass-produced in southern Mesopotamia during the old Babylonian era. The precise idea behind producing these erotic scenes is unknown but there may well been a religious purpose. However, they absolutely reflect... [continue reading]
The cuneiform inscriptions on this door socket mention the name of the Kassite king Kurikalzu. Kassite era, 1595-1157 BCE. From Dur-Kurikalzu (modern Agarguf, southwest of Baghdad). (The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq). (A door socket is the stone that the door revolves on to open and close. The part of the door where the hinges are now was a log, the end of which turned in this stone.)
This hand-axe was found in Hazar Merd cave, a paleolithic cave which lies 13 km west of modern Sulaimaniya city, Iraq. It dates back to 50,000 BCE. (The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq).
This is the entrance into the black cave (or Ashkawti Tarik in Kurdish), which is one of the most important caves of Hazar Merd area. It is a single lofty chamber 11 by 12 meter wide. The caves date back to 50,000 BCE and it was excavated by Dorothy Garrod in 1928 CE. It lies 13 km to the west of modern Sulaimaniya city, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.
by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)
published on 19 July 2014
published on 19 July 2014
The inscriptions on this stone mention the name of the Sassanian king Narseh and they were written in middle Persian and Parthian languages. Sassanid period, around 300 CE. From Paikuli tower, modern Sulaimaniya Governorate, Iraq. (The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq).