Overview map of the Ancient Near East in the c. BC (Middle Assyrian period), showing the core territory of Assyria w/its major cities Assur & Nineveh wedged between Babylonia downstream (to the SE) & the states of Mitanni & Hatti upstream (to the NW)
From the ancient Near East, Syria, ca. 1000 to 800 BCE. Delightful terracotta child's toy in the form of a covered cart and horse - each with original four wheels. Entire unit measures x wheels once applied using wooden dowels which have been lost to age.
Violin idol, Ancient Near East. circa 2700 - 2100 B. Representations of the agricultural fertility "Mother Goddess" were commonly buried in graves, particularly those of children, likely indicating a belief in life after death.