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Guanyin
3D Image by Geoffrey Marchal

Guanyin

Guanyin (Avalokitesvara), Wood with remains of paint, China, 1200s CE, National Museum (Copenhagen, Denmark). Made with Memento Beta (now Remake) from Autodesk. This bodhisattva is the principal savior figure in Mahayana Buddhism. Also...
Map of Mesopotamia, 2000-1600 BCE
Image by P L Kessler

Map of Mesopotamia, 2000-1600 BCE

A general map of Mesopotamia and its neighbouring territories which roughly covers the period from 2000-1600 BCE reveals the concentration of city states in Sumer, in the south. This is where the first true city-states arose, although...
Ancient Syro-Mesopotamia ca. 1764 BCE
Image by Attar-Aram syria, using a modified map originally made by Sémhur.

Ancient Syro-Mesopotamia ca. 1764 BCE

This map shows the political situation in Syro-Mesopotamia c. 1764 BCE. During this time, the Amorite Kings, Hammurabi of Babylon and Zimri-Lim of Mari were engaged in near-constant warfare with surrounding polities, many of whom were also...
Neo-Assyrian Empire
Image by Ningyou

Neo-Assyrian Empire

Map of the Neo-Assyrian Empire and its expansions.
Babylon at the time of the Kassites
Image by MapMaster

Babylon at the time of the Kassites

A map of the Babylonian Empire during the time of the Kassites, roughly the 13th century BC. This map shows the probable river courses and coastline at that time.
Destruction of Susa
Image by Zereshk

Destruction of Susa

Ashurbanipal's campaign against Susa is triumphantly recorded in this relief showing the sack of Susa in 647 BC. Here, flames rise from the city as Assyrian soldiers topple it with pickaxes and crowbars and carry off the spoils.
Royal Lion Hunt on Chariot
Image by Jan van der Crabben (Photographer)

Royal Lion Hunt on Chariot

Assyrian, c 645 - 635 BCE. The king (recognizable by his distinctive hat) rides around the arena on a chariot shooting lions with arrows. His attendants fend off a lion that is attacking from behind. Exhibited in the British Museum...
Lamassu from Ashurnasirpal II Palace
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Lamassu from Ashurnasirpal II Palace

This is a pair of guardian figures (winged human-headed lions) that flanked one of the entrances into the throne room of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BCE). Stone mythological guardians, sculpted in relief or in the round, were often placed at...
Urartu 714-715 BCE
Image by Sémhur

Urartu 714-715 BCE

Urartu during the reign of King Rusas, 714-715 BCE
Statue of Ashurnasirpal II
Image by Trustees of the British Museum

Statue of Ashurnasirpal II

Neo-Assyrian, 883-859 BC From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), northern Iraq A rare example of an Assyrian statue in the round This statue of King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) was placed in the Temple of Ishtar Sharrat-niphi. It was designed...