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Chariot in the War Scene of the Standard of Ur
Imageby Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Chariot in the War Scene of the Standard of Ur

This is a detail of the so-called "War Scene" of the Standard of Ur. This detail is the left end of the top register. Here, on the left, a Sumerian soldier stands behind a four-wheeled chariot. He wears a flounced skirt and a leather head...
Erotic Plaque
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Erotic Plaque

This terracotta plaque dates back to the old Babylonian period. It depicts a male and female having sex in a missionary position. Such scenes were mass-produced in southern Mesopotamia during the old Babylonian era. The precise idea behind...
Detail of the War Scene of the Standard of Ur Showing a Galloping Chariot
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Detail of the War Scene of the Standard of Ur Showing a Galloping Chariot

This is a detail of the so-called "War Scene" of the Standard of Ur from the right half of the bottom register. Here, a four-wheeled chariot is drawn by four galloping equids. The wheels of the chariot are solid and not spoked; around 1800...
Love & Sex in the Ancient World
Collectionby Mark Cartwright

Love & Sex in the Ancient World

Love in antiquity, just as today, expressed itself in all kinds of relationships, meanings, connotations, and expectations. There were representations in art, literature, and religion of heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual love, the temporary...
Tablet with Hellenistic King List
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Tablet with Hellenistic King List

Written in Babylonian in the cuneiform inscription, this tablet lists the names and dates of several Seleucid kings. After Alexander's death, the Persian Empire fractured. Mesopotamia and Syria became part of the Seleucid Empire, with their...
Amorite pottery juglet
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Amorite pottery juglet

Amorite, about 2400-2000 BC From the Middle Euphrates region, Syria This juglet, with its applied figurine, is pierced at the base and may have been a strainer. Alternatively it could have been used a sprinkler, by clamping a thumb over...
Statue of a Monkey from Kar Tukulti-Ninurta
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Statue of a Monkey from Kar Tukulti-Ninurta

This black stone statue was found inside one of the palaces at Kar Tukulti-Ninurta (modern-day Tilul Al-Aqar, Salah Aldin Governorate, Iraq). Monkeys were imported to Mesopotamia from Africa or India; they are not native to Mesopotamia. Several...
Assyrian Bells
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Assyrian Bells

These two bells were found in northern Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian period, 911-609 BCE. From Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Sulaymaniyah Museum, Iraq)
Pottery from Nimrud
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Pottery from Nimrud

This pottery was found in the city of Nimrud (the Assyrian capital), northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Note the writings and acquisition numbers on it. Neo-Assyrian period, 911-609 BCE. From Mesopotamia, Iraq. The Sulaymaniyah Museum, Iraq.
The Uruk Trough
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The Uruk Trough

This object is one of the earliest examples of formal religious art from Mesopotamia. It was probably a cult object in the temple of Inanna (Ishtar); it cannot be used as a trough or basin. The carving shows sheep approaching a reed hut from...