Mesopotamia Art

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The cradle of civilization in the West, Bronze Age Mesopotamia included Sumer and the Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian empires, all native to the territory of modern-day Iraq. In the Iron Age, it was controlled by the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian empires. Sumerians dominated Mesopotamia from the beginning of written history (c. 3100 BC) to the fall of Babylon in 539 BC, when it was conquered by the Achaemenid Empire. It fell to Alexander the Great in 332 BC.

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Mesopotamian Stone Spectacle Idol, c. 3000 BCE. The architectonic base of rectangular form with rounded edges, decorated with reed houses with characteristic arching doorways, band of zigzags and chevrons above, the "eyes" on a long conical-shaped neck.

A LARGE MESOPOTAMIAN STONE SPECTACLE IDOL

Mesopotamian Stone Spectacle Idol, c. 3000 BCE. The architectonic base of rectangular form with rounded edges, decorated with reed houses with characteristic arching doorways, band of zigzags and chevrons above, the "eyes" on a long conical-shaped neck.

King Ashurbanipal on his Chariot, Assyrian Reliefwork, from Palace at Nineveh, 650 BC

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The religion of the Urartu civilization, which flourished principally in ancient Armenia from the 9th to 6th century BCE, was a unique mix of indigenous, Hurrian and Mesopotamian gods and symbolism. The pantheon was headed by the trinity of Haldi, Teisheba, and Shivini, who were the principal beneficiaries of sacrifices and temples built in their honour. Inscriptions, dedications and representations in art are all a testimony to the importance of religion in Urartu culture.

Urartu Religion

The religion of the Urartu civilization, which flourished principally in ancient Armenia from the 9th to 6th century BCE, was a unique mix of indigenous, Hurrian and Mesopotamian gods and symbolism. The pantheon was headed by the trinity of Haldi, Teisheba, and Shivini, who were the principal beneficiaries of sacrifices and temples built in their honour. Inscriptions, dedications and representations in art are all a testimony to the importance of religion in Urartu culture.

Winged protective spirit or apkallu, guarded entrance to king's private quarters, carries goat and giant ear of corn, alabaster wall panel relief, North West Palace, Nimrud, Kalhu, Iraq, neo-assyrian, 875BC-860BC

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Monuments of Nineveh; including bas-reliefs from the palace of Sennacherib and bronzes from the ruins of Nimroud. From drawings made on the spot, during a second expedition to Assyria, by Austen Henry Layard, M.P.

Monuments of Nineveh; including bas-reliefs from the palace of Sennacherib and bronzes from the ruins of Nimroud. From drawings made on the spot, during a second expedition to Assyria, by Austen Henry Layard, M.P.

A MESOPOTAMIAN STEATITE SPECTACLE IDOL SYRIA, CIRCA 3000-2500 B.C. The rectangular architectonic base with curving shoulders, sculpted on all four sides with a tiered facade, composed of several friezes including hatching, beading, zigzag, and crosshatching, centered by a doorway on each long side with a concave upper surface, the disk "eyes" above the waisted rectangular neck. Formerly at Christies

A MESOPOTAMIAN STEATITE SPECTACLE IDOL

SYRIA, CIRCA 3000-2500 B.C.

A SYRIAN MARBLE "EYE" IDOL TELL BRAK REGION, CIRCA 3500-3300 B.C.

A SYRIAN MARBLE "EYE" IDOL TELL BRAK REGION, CIRCA 3500-3300 B.C.

Sphinx throne decoration from Nimrud   9th-8th Century B.C., Lower Mesopotamia, Iraq

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The Sumerian God Abu by laion_terry, via Flickr

HEL231656

HEL231656 Votive figurine from Tell Asmar (Eshnunna) 3000-2900 BC (gypsum) by Sumerian gypsum height: 72 Iraq Museum, Baghdad © Held Collection out of copyright

IDOLE AUX YEUX.  Chlorite ou stéatite noire. Proche-Orient, ca. 3000 av. J.-C. H_20,2 cm

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Assyrian Camp from the reliefs of Assurnasirpal II's palace Nimrud 9th c. BC

Assyrian Camp from the reliefs of Assurnasirpal II's palace Nimrud 9th c. BC

A Syrian Stone Spectacle 'Eye' Idol | A SYRIAN STONE SPECTAC… | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

A Syrian Stone Spectacle 'Eye' Idol

A SYRIAN STONE SPECTACLE IDOL CIRCA 4TH MILLENNIUM B.C. The tall, conical body with a flat base, tapering toward the top and surmounted by two circular perforated "eyes" 8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high Provenance Mr. F. Burri, Basel, acquired in the 1980s. with Galerie Jürgen Haering, Frieburg, 2004. CNY1260755

A Turtle's Salon du The

An entry from A Turtle's Salon du The

find yourself a cup; the teapot is behind you... now tell me about hundreds of things -saki

A Turtle's Salon du The

An entry from A Turtle's Salon du The

find yourself a cup; the teapot is behind you... now tell me about hundreds of things -saki

A Calcite Eye Idol, Tell Brak (Syria), c. late 4th Millennium B.C., 3 15/16" high.

A Protohistoric Alabaster Eye Idol, From Tell Brak

A CALCITE EYE IDOL, TELL BRAK, CIRCA LATE 4TH MILLENNIUM B.C. height 3 15/16 in. 10.2 cm of bell-shaped form and surmounted by two open disks. SNY690474

Plaque with an image of ritual worship, - Near Eastern, Syrian - Early 3rd millennium B.C. - Alabaster 736×736 пикс

Plaque with an image of ritual worship, - Near Eastern, Syrian - Early 3rd millennium B.C. - Alabaster 736×736 пикс