ancient-mesopotamia:

Architectural Model, terracotta, Nippur, Iraq, ca. 2000 BCE, Penn Museum Object B15396. Source.

ancient-mesopotamia:

Architectural Model, terracotta, Nippur, Iraq, ca. 2000 BCE, Penn Museum Object B15396. Source.

40 notes   •   August 24 2014, 03:54 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
massarrah:

Image Title: Birs Nimrud, the Tower of Babel
From Nippur, or Exploration and Adventure on the Euphrates, by J. P. Peters (Source)

massarrah:

Image Title: Birs Nimrud, the Tower of Babel

From Nippur, or Exploration and Adventure on the Euphrates, by J. P. Peters (Source)

38 notes   •   August 24 2014, 03:50 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
This is not a question. I just wanted to say how much I admire all the stuff you do. There is so much out there that is just a waste of time. What you do is so educational and interesting. I am always amazed at people that make History boring and difficult. Also, a lot of people today just re-blog for the sake of re-blogging, trying to make a name for themselves. They have nothing to add. So thanks & keep up the good work!

Thank you very much, i’m really happy about messages like this ! 

14 notes   •   August 24 2014, 03:10 AM
massarrah:

Scene from the Balawat Gates
This engraving on the bronze Balawat gates, now on display in the British Museum, depicts a six-wheeled battering-ram. Several bronze bands that bear inscriptions and engravings once covered the Balawat gates, three large gates from the ancient city of Imgur-Enlil (modern Balawat) whose wooden portions are mostly decayed. The bronze bands depict scenes from the lives of the Neo-Assyrian kings, including military exploits like the one depicted in the image above, which comes from Everyday Life in Babylonian and Assyria by notable Assyriologist H. W. G. Saggs (available online). 

massarrah:

Scene from the Balawat Gates

This engraving on the bronze Balawat gates, now on display in the British Museum, depicts a six-wheeled battering-ram. Several bronze bands that bear inscriptions and engravings once covered the Balawat gates, three large gates from the ancient city of Imgur-Enlil (modern Balawat) whose wooden portions are mostly decayed. The bronze bands depict scenes from the lives of the Neo-Assyrian kings, including military exploits like the one depicted in the image above, which comes from Everyday Life in Babylonian and Assyria by notable Assyriologist H. W. G. Saggs (available online). 

22 notes   •   August 22 2014, 03:12 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
tammuz:

Relief on alabaster panel from the Northwest Palace of king Ashurnasirpal II at the Assyrian Imperial capital of Nimrud (883-859 BCE). Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.  
Photo by Babylon Chronicle

tammuz:

Relief on alabaster panel from the Northwest Palace of king Ashurnasirpal II at the Assyrian Imperial capital of Nimrud (883-859 BCE). Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.  

Photo by Babylon Chronicle

178 notes   •   August 22 2014, 03:12 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
sundegai:

The ‘Queen of the Night’ Relief, also known as the Burney Relief [detail].
Old Babylonian, 1800-1750 BC. Courtesy & currently located at the British Museum, London.

sundegai:

The ‘Queen of the Night’ Relief, also known as the Burney Relief [detail].

Old Babylonian, 1800-1750 BC. Courtesy & currently located at the British Museum, London.

68 notes   •   August 16 2014, 05:52 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
allmesopotamia:

The Pedestal of Tukulti-Ninurta I
Artifact: Stone monumentProvenience: AssurPeriod: Middle Assyrian period (ca. 1400-1000 BC)Current location: Vorderasiatisches Museum, BerlinText genre, language: Royal inscription; AkkadianCDLI page

allmesopotamia:

The Pedestal of Tukulti-Ninurta I

Artifact: Stone monument
Provenience: Assur
Period: Middle Assyrian period (ca. 1400-1000 BC)
Current location: Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin
Text genre, language: Royal inscription; Akkadian
CDLI page

82 notes   •   August 16 2014, 05:52 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
archaicwonder:

Neo-Assyrian Head of Pazuzu, Circa 8th-7th Century BC
Pazuzu was an Assyrian and Babylonian demonic god of the 1st millennium BC. He normally has a dog-like face like here, and where his body is depicted he has a scaly torso, a snake-headed penis, the talons of a bird and usually wings.
Although Pazuzu was a malevolent force, his image was used on amulets to ward off his enemy Lamashtu, a female demon that preyed on newborn babies and their mothers. The amulet was either worn by the mother or child and larger ones were placed above their bed on a wall.
His legend was adapted and used in The Exorcist films.

archaicwonder:

Neo-Assyrian Head of Pazuzu, Circa 8th-7th Century BC

Pazuzu was an Assyrian and Babylonian demonic god of the 1st millennium BC. He normally has a dog-like face like here, and where his body is depicted he has a scaly torso, a snake-headed penis, the talons of a bird and usually wings.

Although Pazuzu was a malevolent force, his image was used on amulets to ward off his enemy Lamashtu, a female demon that preyed on newborn babies and their mothers. The amulet was either worn by the mother or child and larger ones were placed above their bed on a wall.

His legend was adapted and used in The Exorcist films.

824 notes   •   August 15 2014, 03:56 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
Stone worshipper figurine from the temple Tell Asmar (Eshnunna)

Stone worshipper figurine from the temple Tell Asmar (Eshnunna)

34 notes   •   August 15 2014, 03:43 PM
Mace head of Mesilim, King of Kish.  Limestone.  Row of lions on this side, eagle “Imdugud” on top.  Mesilim is the first person known to be called “king”.  Kish is first to receive immigrants from Arabian desert. 2900-2750 BCE.  19 cm tall.

Mace head of Mesilim, King of Kish.  Limestone.  Row of lions on this side, eagle “Imdugud” on top.  Mesilim is the first person known to be called “king”.  Kish is first to receive immigrants from Arabian desert. 2900-2750 BCE.  19 cm tall.

44 notes   •   August 15 2014, 03:36 PM
#kish   #mesilim   #ancient   #mesopotamia   #history   
allmesopotamia:

Shell inscribed with the name of Ur-Ningirsu, ruler of Lagash, son of Gudea, ca. 2110 BC. From Telloh, ancient Girsu.
Excavated by Ernest de Sarzec, 1881
[Louvre Museum]

allmesopotamia:

Shell inscribed with the name of Ur-Ningirsu, ruler of Lagash, son of Gudea, ca. 2110 BC. From Telloh, ancient Girsu.

Excavated by Ernest de Sarzec, 1881

[Louvre Museum]

51 notes   •   August 15 2014, 03:31 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
ancient-mesopotamia:

Head of Gudea, prince of Lagash. Diorite, Telloh (ancient city of Girsu), ca. 2120 BC.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Head_Gudea_Louvre_AO13.jpg

ancient-mesopotamia:

Head of Gudea, prince of Lagash. Diorite, Telloh (ancient city of Girsu), ca. 2120 BC.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Head_Gudea_Louvre_AO13.jpg

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archaicwonder:

Mesopotamian Carnelian Cylinder Seal, 3rd Millennium BC

A carved seal matrix depicting a running horse with a rosette above the back.

131 notes   •   August 15 2014, 03:14 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE
kardiologn:

A gold stamp seal of Queen Hamâ, excavated from Tomb 3 at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu). Hamâ was the queen of Shalmaneser IV (782-773 BC).
The design of the seal shows the queen worshiping a goddess enthroned on the back of a crouching lion. Behind the throne is the symbol of the queen and her office — a scorpion.
Courtesy Muzahim Mahmud Hussein
The Iraqi Museum - Baghdad

kardiologn:

A gold stamp seal of Queen Hamâ, excavated from Tomb 3 at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu). Hamâ was the queen of Shalmaneser IV (782-773 BC).

The design of the seal shows the queen worshiping a goddess enthroned on the back of a crouching lion. Behind the throne is the symbol of the queen and her office — a scorpion.

Courtesy Muzahim Mahmud Hussein

The Iraqi Museum - Baghdad

143 notes   •   August 12 2014, 06:09 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE

richard-miles-archaeologist:

Ancient Worlds - BBC Two 

Episode 1 “Come Together”

Tell Brak, the largest ancient site in the Euphrates valley in Northern Mesopotamia (Northeastern Syria today).

The site was occupied between the 6th and 2nd millennia BC, being successively rebuilt by following generations. Tell Brak is an incredibly rich site. Even today ceramic fragments, broken pottery are very easy to find.

Archaeologists have found so many Bevelled-Rimmed Bowls (BRB) that they have had to rebury most of those found after logging and measuring to free up space in their store room. These bowls date from the 4th millennium BC and they’ve been found in their thousands at sites from Turkey to Syria, from Iran to Iraq.

Archaeologists speculate that the ubiquitous bowls formed part of a centralised rationing system. One theory is that this is a ration bowl issued by some kind of central authority to its workers, holding a standard measure of grain.

Dr. Richard Miles excavates a bevel-rimmed bowl from the wall of an ancient building at the site of Tell Brak.

PART III

Tell Brak, Al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria.

113 notes   •   August 12 2014, 03:34 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE