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Nesta foto de 2005, detalhe das ruínas de Hatra, 320 km ao norte de Bagdá. Declarada patrimônio da humanidade pela Unesco, a cidade também foi atacada pelos radicais

Nesta foto de 2005, detalhe das ruínas de Hatra, 320 km ao norte de Bagdá. Declarada patrimônio da humanidade pela Unesco, a cidade também foi atacada pelos radicais

Lid fragment METROPOLITAN  MUSEUM  Period:     Neo-Assyrian Date:     ca. 9th–8th century B.C. Geography:     Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) Culture:     Assyrian Medium:     Ivory

Lid fragment METROPOLITAN MUSEUM Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 9th–8th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) Culture: Assyrian Medium: Ivory

Ancient Sumerian Bronze ceremonial statue of a standing male farmer behind a single ox plowing a field, the surface of the base covered in incised flora design. Green patina. 2000 BC

Ancient Sumerian Bronze ceremonial statue of a standing male farmer behind a single ox plowing a field, the surface of the base covered in incised flora design. Green patina. 2000 BC

Shell inlay: Skirt-clad figure carrying fish, Early Dynastic III, ca. 2600-2350 BCE, Mesopotamia, Nippur, Sumerian.

Shell inlay: Skirt-clad figure carrying fish, Early Dynastic III, ca. 2600-2350 BCE, Mesopotamia, Nippur, Sumerian.

Stele of Ushumgal,Among the earliest written documents from Sumer are records of land sales or grants, often carved in stone with associated images, perhaps for public display.  The Sumerian inscription on this stele records a transaction involving three fields, three houses, and some livestock. Ushumgal, a priest of the god Shara, and his daughter are the central figures of the transaction,

Stele of Ushumgal,Among the earliest written documents from Sumer are records of land sales or grants, often carved in stone with associated images, perhaps for public display. The Sumerian inscription on this stele records a transaction involving three fields, three houses, and some livestock. Ushumgal, a priest of the god Shara, and his daughter are the central figures of the transaction,

Vessel stand with ibex support.  Period:  Early Dynastic III  Date: ca. 2600–2350 B.C.  Geography:   Mesopotamia, IRAQ  Culture:  Sumerian

Vessel stand with ibex support. Period: Early Dynastic III Date: ca. 2600–2350 B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, IRAQ Culture: Sumerian

Wall painting found at Kar Tikulti Ninurta, Assyrian capital founded by Tukulti-Ninurta I. (around 1200 BC)

Wall painting found at Kar Tikulti Ninurta, Assyrian capital founded by Tukulti-Ninurta I. (around 1200 BC)

Openwork plaque with sphinxes Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 9th–8th century B.C. Geography: Syria, probably from Arslan Tash (ancient Hadatu) Culture: Assyrian Medium: Ivory, gold foil Dimensions: H. 2 1/2 x L. 4 1/4 in. (6.4 x 10.8 cm) Classification: Ivory/Bone-Relief, Inscribed Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1957 Accession Number: 57.80.4a, b

Openwork plaque with sphinxes Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 9th–8th century B.C. Geography: Syria, probably from Arslan Tash (ancient Hadatu) Culture: Assyrian Medium: Ivory, gold foil Dimensions: H. 2 1/2 x L. 4 1/4 in. (6.4 x 10.8 cm) Classification: Ivory/Bone-Relief, Inscribed Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1957 Accession Number: 57.80.4a, b

Head of King Gudea, Lagash ruler. Neo-Sumerian ca. 2090 B.C. Mesopotamia, probably from Girsu (modern Tello)

Head of King Gudea, Lagash ruler. Neo-Sumerian ca. 2090 B.C. Mesopotamia, probably from Girsu (modern Tello)

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