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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) | The identity of this lifesize head and where it was created remain a mystery. The expert craftsmanship, innovative technology, and the use of copper alloy, a very costly material, suggest that it represents a king or an elite person. #OneMetManyWorlds

Cult scene: the worship of the sun-god, Shamash. Limestone cylinder-seal, Mesopotamia (Louvre Museum, Department of Oriental Antiquities, Richelieu, ground floor, room case

Cup with a frieze of gazelles, early 1st millennium b.c. Northwestern Iran, Caspian region Gold Rogers Fund, 1962 (62.84) On view: Gallery 404 Last Updated April 26, 2013 A number of cups similar to this one have been found in the excavation of the rich burials at Marlik, a site southwest of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran.