Mesopotamia, Babylon, Assyria Art Photos

Mesopotamia (aka cradle of civilization & fertile crescent) with a history spanning 5000 BCE to 333 BCE sat between the Tigris & Euphrates Rivers in what is now Iraq. Traces of the art & related cultures of several city states have been excavated from the region. Two of the best known are Babylon (down river) & Assyria (up river). Depending on era they ruled each other and their art & both used cuneiform writing.

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Mesopotamia Cuneiform Writing Cuneiform tablet concerning sale of a field & house at the Louvre Museum. Paris, France Details of cuneiform inscription by King Nebuchadnezzar II using reassembled brick shards from near Ishtar Gate at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany Detail of cuneiform on Alabaster Assyrian relief from Nimrud Palace in Yale Art Gallery. New Haven, CT
Assyrian Stelae Reliefs Assyrian two winged genie from Nimrud NW Palace of Kings at Museum Ägyptischer Kunst. Munich, Germany Assyrian relief of eagle-headed genie with between two sacred trees from King Ashur-nasir-pal II palace of Nimrud at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY Assyrian schedu lamassu, a human headed, winged lion with horned crown cast from British Museum at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany
Pergamon Tiles Upper section corner details of Ishtar Gate at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany Auroch bull detail of Ishtar Gate at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany Detail head of Babylon Processional Way lion at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany

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