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Historical Archive: Ancient Near East
through the fifth century


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orant holding vase, alabaster, late Uruk c.3300 BCE, Louvre Sb 71. For other views see Louvre.
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woman giving birth (baby's head at base), lapis lazuli with shell eyes and copper carrying wire, Bactrian (Iran, SE. Kerman province, Tepe Giyan III, IV, 3rd millennium BCE ?), Louvre AO 31921
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pin head, serpent with ears, lapis lazuli and copper, Bactrian (Iran, SE. Kerman province, Tepe Giyan III, IV, 3rd millennium BCE ?), Louvre AO 31920
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goat in tree, Ur c.2600 BCE, BM 1929,1017.1, which has its own page
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Standard of Ur, lapis lazuli, shell, and red limestone, c. 2600-2400 BCE, BM ME 121201. This work has its own page.
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alabaster priest from Khafaje, c.2600-2350 BCE, Penn 37-15-31, which has its own page
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lyre/harp: bull head and front plaque, Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn B17694A/B, which has its own page
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goat in tree, Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn 30-12-702, which has its own page
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harp inlay, shell and lapis, Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn 30-12-484. For details see Penn.
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cosmetic box lid: lion attacking sheep or goat, shell and lapis lazuli, Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn B16744A
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game board, shell, limestone, lapis; Ur c.2550-2450 BCE, Penn B16742. For detail see Penn.
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jewelry of attendant in tomb of Queen Puabi, Ur c.2550-2450 BC, Penn. For detail see Penn.
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bull's head: copper, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli; mid 3rd millennium BCE Tello (Girsu), Louvre AO 2676. For another view see Louvre.
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Superintendent Ebih-Il, from temple of Ishtar, Mari, Syria: gypsum, lapis lazuli, shell, c.2340 BCE, Louvre AO 17551. This work has its own page.
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Stele of Naram-Sin, pink limestone, 2254-2218 BCE, Louvre. For details see Louvre.
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eyes prob. from a guardian lion at Mari, temple of the lions, limestone and schist, late 3rd millennium BCE, Louvre AO 19504, SO 19505
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Gudea figure later used to grind grain, basalt, c.2190-2100 BCE, BM 1903.1012.7. For another view see BM.
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bull with man's head, steatite, Mesopotamia c.21502000 BCE, Louvre AO 2752. For detail and reverse see Louvre.
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Gudea with overflowing vase, dolerite, c.2120 BCE, Louvre AO 2212. This work has its own page.
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Gudea dedicated to Ningishzida from Tello (Girsu), diorite, c.2120 BCE, Louvre AO 3293, AO 4108
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Ur-Ningirsu (son of Gudea), gypsiferous alabaster, c.2110 BCE, Tello (Girsu), Louvre AO 9504 and Met (head). This work has its own page.
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cuneiform tablet, diorite, Iraq 19th-17th c. BCE, Pushkin
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Code of Hammurabi, basalt, 1792-1750 BCE, Louvre, Near Eastern Antiquities, Sb 8. This work has its own page.
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cylinder seal, Ancient Near East 1500-1300 BCE in 1970s mount, p.c., which has its own page
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faience game pieces from Tell Guirgor (Iraq), 14th-12th c. BCE, Louvre N 3413 or N III 313. For profile view see Louvre.
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Neo-Elamite rhyton in the form of a zebu bull, earthenware, from Amlash (Iran) c.1000-800 BCE, IMA 75.301. For another view see IMA.
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limestone game board with bulls from Balawat (Imgur Enlil; Iraq), early 1st millennium BCE, Louvre AO 14049 bis
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ivory winged sphinx, Nimrud 8th c. BCE, Penn 65-3-2
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woman spinning from Susa, bitumen, 8th-mid 6th c. BCE, Louvre Sb 2834
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gold hair pin, priestess? Ur 625-539 BCE, Penn B15241. For detail see Penn.
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pitcher (oinochoe), core-formed glass, Syria? 5th c. BCE, KM 1977.02.0001
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Chorasmian horse, 4th c. BCE-4th c. CE, Hermitage
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gold pendant, Eastern Mediterranean 3rd-1st c. BCE, p.c., which has its own page
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incantation bowl from Seleucia (Iraq), ceramic and paint, 3rd c. BCE-3rd c. CE or 6th-7th c. CE, KM 0000.03.3756
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incantation bowl with Aramaic inscription to protect the woman Ngray from illness and curses, from Seleucia (Iraq), ceramic and paint, 3rd c. BCE-3rd c. CE or 4th-7th c. CE, KM 0000.01.9504
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incantation bowl from Seleucia (Iraq), ceramic and paint, 3rd c. BCE-3rd c. CE or 4th-7th c. CE, KM 0000.01.9503
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egg shell from Seleucia (Iraq) with ink gibberish inscription, possibly to break a curse, 3rd c. BCE-3rd c. CE or 4th-7th c. CE, KM 0000.01.9050
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Parthian ivory rhyton, 2nd-1st c. BCE, Hermitage CA-1504, which has its own page
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elephant from Seleucia (Iraq), molded ceramic, c.150 BCE-200 CE, KM 0000.01.6041
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camels from Seleucia (Iraq), molded ceramic and bitumen, c.150 BCE-200 CE, KM 0000.01.4400, 0000.01.6372, 0000.01.4315. For oblique view see Kelsey.
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lead sarcophagus from Tyre, 3rd c., Penn B10280/82/83/84, which has its own page
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Bactrian dice fr. Zar-tepe (Uzbekistan), bone and stone, late 3rd-4th c., Hermitage
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Constantius II? El Bab, Syria, c.335-61, Penn L-51-1, which has its own page
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dromedary mosaic, eastern Mediterranean (Syria?) 5th c., AIC 1970.1065
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leopard mosaic, north Syria c.450-500, AIC loan 1974.61
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gaming die in the form of a crouching nude woman, from Sidon, bronze, BM 1924,0520.2
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gaming die in the form of a crouching nude woman, from Sidon, bronze, BM 1924/5-20/2
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gaming die in the form of a crouching nude woman, from Sidon, bronze, BM 1924/5-20/2
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gaming die in the form of a crouching nude woman, from Sidon, bronze, BM 1924/5-20/2