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Cuneiform Writing
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Cuneiform Writing

A relief of cuneiform writing from Assyria. Exhibited in the British Museum London.
Lion-hunting Scene, King Ashurbanipal
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Lion-hunting Scene, King Ashurbanipal

In ancient Assyria, lion-hunting was considered the sport of kings, symbolic of the ruling monarch’s duty to protect and fight for his people. The sculpted reliefs illustrate the sporting exploits of the last great Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal...
Colossal statue of a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II
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Colossal statue of a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), northern Iraq Neo-Assyrian, about 883-859 BC Protection for the royal palace from the forces of chaos This is one of a pair of guardian figures that flanked one of the entrances into the throne room of Ashurnasirpal...
Map of the ancient Near East during the Amarna Period
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Map of the ancient Near East during the Amarna Period

Map of the ancient Near East during the Amarna Period, showing the great powers of the period: Egypt (green), Hatti (yellow), the Kassite kingdom of Babylon (purple), Assyria (grey), and Mittani (red). Lighter areas show direct control, darker...
Sargon II Wall Relief
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Sargon II Wall Relief

Sargon II and dignitary on a low-relief from the left wall of the palace of Sargon II at Dur Sharrukin in Assyria (now Khorsabad in Iraq), c. 716–713 BCE. Sargon II reigned 722-705 BCE and was one of the most important kings of the Neo-Assyrian...
Sennacherib
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Sennacherib

Sennacherib of Assyria (reigned 704 – 681 BC) during his Babylonian war, relief from his palace in Nineveh.
Ashurbanipal as High Priest
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Ashurbanipal as High Priest

An Assyrian relief depicting King Ashurbanipal of Assyria as High Priest, with cuneiform script.
Yurt Interior
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Yurt Interior

The interior of a traditional yurt or ger tent. Made from wool felt stretched over a wooden frame, the tents were used by nomadic Asian steppe peoples like the Mongols.
Summer Tricilium of Villa Arianna at Stabiae
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Summer Tricilium of Villa Arianna at Stabiae

The summer triclinium (dining room) of Villa Ariann at Stabiae (Castellammare di Stabia, Italy) with nine ample windows.
Tomb of Cyrus the Great
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Tomb of Cyrus the Great

Monument that is generally believed to be the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae, the oldest base-isolated structure in the world.