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164. Assyria and Mesopotamia

  • Posted June 13, 2010 by Jon Laysell Viewed 13521 times

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When I previously did a post of items from the British Museum, my friend Shaparak asked if I could post more from Persian heritage. I hope this fits the bill, although I fear these might be geographically a little further to the West than perhaps Shaparak would have preferred.

Wall sculpture from the palace of King Tilglath-Pileser III (744-727 BC) at Nimrud.

Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal on a lion hunt circa 860 BC.

Sadly these poor creatures were easy targets for “brave” men in chariots.

This bull looks like it might have come from Andalucia [static.guim.co.uk], but it didn't.

The Royal Game of Ur. [en.wikipedia.org]

The Queen of The Night, Mesopotamian godess circa 1750 BC. Looks like a forerunner of the Scissor Sisters to me.

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    • # Lis

      it makes me remember my history class.. where did you see these? Nice set!

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    • # Agnes Felber

      They let use use your camera inside the British Museum? How civilised that is!!! Not here, oh no!!
      I risk jail time every time I sneek a bad picture in our museums here.
      Now, Iraq and Iran do not seem to be on very friendly terms with each other, but these divisions into separate countries nowadays seem to be so haphazardly drawn up, who knows how people really feel about each other. Long wars do not make it easy to like each other, though. To me everything you photographed is a miracle in and by itself, regardless whether the place they come from, now belongs to Iran or some other country.

      2010.06.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gerd Korts

      because of the last pic I remembered immediately my last Thai massage when at the end this tiny ladies are walking on your back
      great set btw

      2010.06.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Fernando

      El Museo Británico es espectacular. El año pasado fui a visitarlo y espero volver otra vez.

      2010.06.13 Edited Reply Cancel