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Mesopotamian Arts

Ziggurat of Ur
2100 BCE
Gilgamesh
Sumerian
100+ ft. tall
mud bricks
210 ft x 150 ft. base

Ziggurat of Ur

Sumerian

mud bricks

*White Temple and its Ziggurat plan
3500 BCE
Mesopotamian
Sumerian

mudbrick
Uruk

*White Temple and ziggurat remains
3500 BCE
Mesopotamian
Sumerian

mudbricks
Uruk

Gate of Ishtar
600 BCE

Neo - Babylonian
w/ox, lion, & Marduk
painted mud bricks

Gate of Ishtar
600 BCE
Nebuchadnezzar
Neo - Babylonian

painted mud bricks
Pergamon Museum in Berlin

Gilgamesh fighting the Lion
2500 BCE

Mesopotamian
Sumerian
cylinder seal

Cylinder Seal


Mesopotamian
Babylonian / Assyrian
carved stones

*Standard of Ur (front & back)
2600 BCE
fr Royal Tombs of Ur
Mesopotamian
Sumerian
wood, inland shell,
limestone, lapis lazuli

*Standard of Ur--detail
2600 BCE

Mesopotamian
Sumerian
painted wood, shell
limestone, lapis lazuli

Sumerian Lyre
2600 BCE

Mesopotamian
Sumerian
Gold and Wood

Gudea
2125-2110 BCE

Mesopotamian
Sumerian
carved stones

*Votive Statues from the Square Temple
2800 - 2300 BCE
Sumerian Prayer Statues
Mesopotamian
Sumerian
gypsum inlaid w/shell/limesto
Tell Asmar (Eshnunna), Iraq

*Votive Figures from the Square Temple
2800 BCE
Mesopotamian
Sumerian prayer statues
12 inches
gypsum inlaid w/shell/limesto
Tell Asmar (Eshnunna), Iraq

Sargon I ~ War Mask
2350 BCE
part of lifesize sculpture
Mesopotamian
Akkadian
Bronze / lifesize

Sargon I ~ war mask
2300 BCE

Mesopotamian / Akkadian
part of a larger sculpture
Bronze / lifesize

*Stele of Hammurabi
1792 - 1750 BCE
Hammurabi with Shamash
Mesopotamian / Babylonian
Akkadian writing
Basalt / 7+ feet tall
Louvre Museum

*Stele of Hammurabi ~ detail
1750 BCE
Hammurabi with Shamash
Mesopotamian / Babylonian

Basalt / 20 inches tall
Louvre Museum

Citadel of Sargon II
730-705 BCE
Sargon II
Mesopotamian / Assyrian
Dur Sharrukin / Khorsabad,Iraq
painted mud bricks citadel

*Lamassu
720 BCE
Citadel of Sargon II
Mesopotamian / Assyrian
13.9 ft tall guardian figures
stone carving
Louvre & British Museums

Palace of Nimrud
late 7th century
royal palace bef. Sargon II
Mesopotamian / Assyrian
Ninevah / Northern Iraq
painted mud brick

Assyrian Warrior


Mesopotamian
Assyrian
relief carving
from Palace of Nimrud

*Apadana and Stairway @ Persepolis

Palace of Persepolis
Persian
for Darius and Xerxes
painted limestone

Parade of soldiers at Persepolis
520 BCE

Persian
life-size
stone carving
Persepolis

*Palace at Persepolis ~ Apadana
520 BCE

Persian

stone
Persepolis

Darius I
521 - 486 BCE

Persian
Palace at Persepolis
painted relief carving
Persepolis

*Palace at Persepolis ~ detail
540 - 520 BCE

Persian

stone carving
Persepolis


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