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Mesopotamian Gold Strainer
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Mesopotamian Gold Strainer

This gold strainer was roughly shaped and has a short handle. It was found at the bottom of the pit of Queen Puabi's grave. Beer and wine were drunk in Mesopotamia from at least the fourth millennium BCE and it is possible that the strainer...
Golden Age of Piracy
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Golden Age of Piracy

The Golden Age of Piracy (1690-1730) refers to a period when robbery on the high seas and at colonial ports reached an unprecedented level. Although not all historians agree on the precise time frame, it is generally applied to those pirates...
Sumerian Votive Plaque
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Sumerian Votive Plaque

A votive plaque of white marble. The lower part shows two men carrying a large jar (probably filled with beer) 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...
A Sumerian Wall Plaque Showing Libation Scenes
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A Sumerian Wall Plaque Showing Libation Scenes

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...
Mesopotamian Carved Stone with Integral Handle
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Mesopotamian Carved Stone with Integral Handle

This carved grey stone has an integral handle. It was possibly a weight. There are eight compartments decorated with the shapes of eyes and rosettes. The handle imitates basketry and is ornamented with lozenges in relief. The stone might...
Shells Containing Cosmetic Pigments from Ur
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Shells Containing Cosmetic Pigments from Ur

These three bi-valve shells contain red, green, and black cosmetic pigments. Traces of green pigment are visible below the black pigment. Early Dynastic Period, circa 2600 BCE. From the Royal Cemetery at Ur, Southern Mesopotamia, modern-day...
Sumerian Man Holding a Pole
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Sumerian Man Holding a Pole

This fragment of a stone inlay was found in Kish. It depicts an incised design of a man wearing the typical Sumerian long robe, carrying a pole on his shoulder. This is probably from a battle scene. The overall depiction of this man is very...
Statue of a Sumerian Woman
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Statue of a Sumerian Woman

The woman wears a garment which was probably made of a sheep skin. The garment was wrapped over the left shoulder only. There are long strands of wool hanging below the lower thighs. The women's eyes might well have been inlaid with stone...
Headdress of One of Queen Puabi's Attendants
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Headdress of One of Queen Puabi's Attendants

This woman's headdress is composed of a double row of carnelian and lapis lazuli beads. Thirteen gold leaf-shaped pendants are attached to the beads. The leaves appear to be polar leaves or leaves of the sissoo, or Indian rosewood tree. This...
Crushed Skull and Headdress from Ur
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Crushed Skull and Headdress from Ur

This crushed skull and its surrounding elaborate headdress was excavated (en bloc) from one of the royal cemeteries at Ur, the Great Death-Pit. This is a head of one of queen/princess Pu'Abi's female attendants. Early dynastic period, circa...
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