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Standing male worshiper, ca. 2900–2600 B.C. Sumerian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Standing male worshiper, ca. 2900–2600 B.C. Sumerian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Nippur Map 1400 BCE. The oldest known map ever found. This ancient clay tablet is dated to the 14th-13th century BCE, and on it is inscribed a map of the countryside around the Mesopotamian city of Nippur, located in the middle of the southern Mesopotamia floodplain, near the modern city of Diwaniyah. The inscription on the tablet is in cuneiform.

Nippur Map 1400 BCE. The oldest known map ever found. This ancient clay tablet is dated to the 14th-13th century BCE, and on it is inscribed a map of the countryside around the Mesopotamian city of Nippur, located in the middle of the southern Mesopotamia floodplain, near the modern city of Diwaniyah. The inscription on the tablet is in cuneiform.

Head of a ruler, ca. 2300–2000 B.C. Iran or Mesopotamia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1947 (47.100.80) | This magnificent head portrays a king of the late third millennium B.C. #mustache #movember

Head of a ruler, ca. 2300–2000 B.C. Iran or Mesopotamia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1947 (47.100.80) | This magnificent head portrays a king of the late third millennium B.C. #mustache #movember

Persian soldiers are ridden down by Alexander the Great during the Battle of the Issus.  A detail from the truly incredible Alexander Sarcophagus from rhe Royal Necropolid of Sidon

Persian soldiers are ridden down by Alexander the Great during the Battle of the Issus. A detail from the truly incredible Alexander Sarcophagus from rhe Royal Necropolid of Sidon

Hittite silver ceremonial drinking vessel in shape of fist (14th century BCE). Along the cuff is inlaid a procession of musicians. On display at MFA, Boston

Hittite silver ceremonial drinking vessel in shape of fist (14th century BCE). Along the cuff is inlaid a procession of musicians. On display at MFA, Boston

Male Votive Statue Sumerian

Male Votive Statue Sumerian

Figurine from Ur III, ca. 2100-2000 BCE, Mesopotamia, Nippur, Neo-Sumerican, ceramic.

Figurine from Ur III, ca. 2100-2000 BCE, Mesopotamia, Nippur, Neo-Sumerican, ceramic.

Achaemenid Gilded Silver Rhyton with a Stag Protome 5th-4th cent. BCE

Achaemenid Gilded Silver Rhyton with a Stag Protome 5th-4th cent. BCE

13th B.C. -  Anatolia - bronze, gold, and silver. Hittite texts list offerings to deities during local festivals, which include small statuettes. In the open-air sanctuary at Yazilikaya, near Bogazkoy in central Anatolia images of the Hittite pantheon were carved in the rock walls. One with upraised wings, wearing a cap, kilt, and belt, and with arms bent as if holding a weapon. is according to an inscription the god Pirinki/ar, a deity associated with the winged divinity Ishtar.

13th B.C. - Anatolia - bronze, gold, and silver. Hittite texts list offerings to deities during local festivals, which include small statuettes. In the open-air sanctuary at Yazilikaya, near Bogazkoy in central Anatolia images of the Hittite pantheon were carved in the rock walls. One with upraised wings, wearing a cap, kilt, and belt, and with arms bent as if holding a weapon. is according to an inscription the god Pirinki/ar, a deity associated with the winged divinity Ishtar.

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