A votive plaque of white marble. The lower part shows two men carrying a large jar and another man in front of them seems to steer an animal from behind, perhaps a cow or horse. At the upper part there are two men sitting in front of each other holding two glasses and drinking something in “a cheers action”. Early dynastic period, 2900-2300 BCE, Mesopotamia, Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq.
A statue depicting a naked woman with her hands on her breasts. Terracotta, Old Babylonian period, 2000-1600 BCE, Mesopotamian, Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq.
A statue of a Sumerian worshipper. Marble, early dynastic period, 2800-2300 BCE, Mesopotamia, Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq
thanks a lot :) i’m planning to change theme soon.
This inscribed terra-cotta cylinder describes King Nebuchadnezzar’s rebuilding of Babylon, especially its famous walls and temples. It also offers a prayer that Nebuchadnezzar be granted long life and other blessings in return for his piety.
Neo-Babylonian, 604-562 BC, in the Ancient Near East Gallery
This is a great example of how something from the ancient past actually looks modern and familiar: a lady going out for the night, wearing a design watch and her favourite vintage bag. In fact, you are looking at a 3,000-year-old wall filled with Cuneiform text, one of the earliest writing systems on the planet. The wall is part of the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II, which was built in Nimrudm, Iraq, during the 9th century. Although often referred to as a handbag, the object is actually a bag-type bucket. It is used by a protective spirit to sprinkle liquid from, in a ritual act that is meant to purify the king. I love it how such an ordinary object (a bucket!) is part of a surviving piece of ancient writing - although I would have liked it better if the spirit had held a funky vintage handbag.
Pic: the image is from this website and the information related to is from this discussion thread. There are other “handbags” (here and here for example). More about the palace here and about the bucket here.
The Assyrian Lamassu from the city of Nimrud, dating back to the reign of king Ashurnasirpal II from 883 to 859 BC. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.
Photo by Babylon Chronicle
Artistic reconstructions of Mesopotamia
Gate of Ishtar, Babylon
Eridu processional boat of God Enki
Mari from above
Palace of Mari
Ur from above
Uruk, procession at Inanna temple
Uruk from above
The ziggurat of Dur-Kurigalzu, Baghdad, Iraq. This ziggurat was built in the 14th century BCE by Kassite king Kurigalzu.
Photo taken by Spc. David Robbins via the Wiki Commons.
The Oldest Known Map: The Map of Nippur
This ancient clay tablet dates to the 14th-13th century BC. It shows a map of the countryside around the Mesopotamian city of Nippur, located in the middle of the southern Mesopotamia floodplain, near the modern city of Diwaniyah, Iraq. The inscription on the tablet is in cuneiform
Bronze door-sill, originally of Nebuchadnezzar II, with recess for the door post; made by casting; the pattern represents a carpet; archaizing script.
Inscription Transliteration(1) d.Na-bi-um-ku-du-ur2-ri-u2-tsu-ur2 LUGAL KA2.DINGIR.RA.KI
(2) za-ni-in E2.SAG.IL2 u3 E2.ZI.DA
(3) IBILA SAG.KAL sha d.AG-IBILA-u2-tsu-ur2 LUGAL TIN.TIR.KI a-na-ku
(4) a-na d.Na-bi-um be-li2 tsi-i-ri
(5) mu-sha-ri-ku u4-um ba-la-tti-ia
(6) E2.ZI.DA E2-shu ina BAR.SIPA.KI esh-shi-ish e-pu-ush
Inscription TranslationI am Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, patron of Esagila and Ezida, son of Nabopolassar, king of Babylon. For Nabu, the exalted lord who makes the days of my life long, I have rebuilt his temple Ezida in Borsippa.”
Neo-Babylonian - Ishtar Gate, Gate of Babylon.
Babylonian Alabaster Statue of a Godess