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Western Asiatic Antiquities
Stele of Tiglath-Pilesar III (biblical Pul)
Zagros mountains, Western Iran
Neo-Assyrian Period, 745–727 BCE
Western Asiatic Antiquities
Relief inscribed in Greek depicting the god Mithra slaying a bull
Syria
Parthian Period, 2nd–3rd century CE
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Wall relief depicting a stylized date palm flanked by protective genies
Nimrud, Assyria
Reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 883-859 BCE
Western Asiatic Antiquities
Rock relief of Iddin-Sin, King of Simurrum
Zagros mountains, Northeastern Iraq
ca. 2000 BCE
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Relief of the Sassanian King Shappur I the Great
Iran
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Plaque depicting a copulating couple drinking beer
Babylonia (Iraq)
2nd millennium BCE
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Plaque depicting a copulating couple
Mesopotamia (Iraq)
2nd millennium BCE
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Fragment of a Hittite ritual text, written in cuneiforms
Anatolia (central Turkey)
Hittite period, 13th century BCE
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Sassanian bowl bearing an incantation against evil spirits, inscribed in Aramaic with alphabetic letters
Babylon? (Iraq)
4th–8th century CE
Western Asiatic Antiquities
Votive brick of King Untash-Naprisha, inscribed in Elamite, from the ziggurat of the god Inshushinak
Dur-Untash (Chogha Zanbil, Iran)
ca. 1250 BCE
Western Asiatic Antiquities
Plaque portraying a goddess sitting on a throne
Mesopotamia
2nd millennium BCE
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Plaque depicting a richly dressed goddess lying on a wedding(?) bed, probably Ishtar, the goddess of love and war
Babylonia
2nd millennium BCE
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Plaque depicting a goddess flanked by two gods
Mari(?) (Tell Hariri, Syria)
2nd millennium BCE
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Plaque depicting Nergal, King of the Netherworld – god of war, plagues, and death
Mesopotamia
2nd millennium BCE
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Plaque depicting Nergal, King of the Netherworld – god of war, plagues, and death
Mesopotamia
Old Babylonian period, 2nd millennium BCE
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Cylinder seal depicting a snake god worshiped in a temple
Akkad (Iraq) or Elam (south-western Iran)
Early Akkadian period, 3rd millennium BCE
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Cylinder seal depicting Amurru, the god of Amorite nomads, called Anmartu in the Sumerian inscription
Mesopotamia
2nd millennium BCE
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Cylinder seal depicting Shamash, the sun – god of law, justice, and divination – emerging through a pair of mountains flanked by columns, perhaps heaven’s door
Akkad (Iraq)
3rd millennium BCE
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Vessel in the shape of a fish
Sumer (Iraq) or Elam (south-western Iran)
3rd millennium BCE
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Medical prescription for treating a skin disease
Babylonia (Iraq)
2nd millennium BCE
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Cylinder seal depicting upon a wheel the winged, hybrid image of Ahura Mazda, the main Achaemenid god
Persia (Iran)
5th century BCE
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Stamp seal depicting a winged disk-and-crescent representing Ashur, the main Assyrian god
Assyria (northern Iraq)
7th century BCE
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Figurine of a standing goddess, probably Cybele
Phrygia (central Anatolia, Turkey)
8th–6th century BCE
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Star-shaped ornaments to be applied to divine garments
Assyria(?)
1st millennium BCE
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Amulet in the shape of the face of a goddess (Ishtar?)
Northern Mesopotamia (Iraq or Syria)
Middle Assyrian period, 2nd millennium BCE
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Plaque depicting a wine goddess
Southeastern Anatolia or northern Syria
8th century BCE
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Handle attachment of a large vessel, in the shape of a winged female deity
Phrygia (central Anatolia, Turkey)
8th–7th century BCE
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Vessel portraying a goddess holding date palms and a god subduing animals
Luristan (northwestern Iran)
8th century BCE
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Bowl decorated with a female face probably representing a goddess
Luristan (northwestern Iran)
1000–700 BCE
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Plaque depicting Humbaba, guardian of the Cedar Forest of Lebanon
Babylonia (Iraq)
Old Babylonian period, 2nd millennium BCE
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Fragment of a wall relief depicting the head of a Persian king’s guardian, from the Audience Hall (apadana) of Darius and Xerxes
Persepolis, Persia (Iran)
Achaemenid period, early 5th century BCE
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Anatolian figurine of a naked woman
Western Anatolia (Turkey)
Chalcolithic Period, mid-5th millennium BCE
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Upper part of a Phrygian figurine
Phrygia (central Anatolia, Turkey)
Iron Age, ca. 800-700 BCE
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Male figurine typical of Byblos
Byblos, Lebanon
Early Middle Bronze Age, ca. 2000-1900 BCE
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Plaque depicting the face of an Aramaean female sphinx
Syria
Iron Age, ca. 8th century BCE
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Syrian figurine of a bearded man, seated and holding a curved sickle sword
Syria
Middle Bronze Age, first half of 2nd millennium BCE
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Votive stele of a female bust representing Dhat Hamym, a local sun goddess, inscribed in Qatabanian
Qataban, southern Arabian Peninsula (Yemen)
ca. 2nd century BCE
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Figurine of a Sumerian in worship posture
Sumer, southern Mesopotamia (Iraq)
Early Dynastic period, ca. 2500 BCE
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Elamite figurine of a naked woman (a goddess?)
Susa, Elam (southwestern Iran)
Middle Elamite Period, second half of the 2nd millennium
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Plaque depicting a Parthian manseated in banquet posture
Parthia (Iran)
Parthian period, 238 BCE - 224 CE
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Face from a figurine portraying an Assyrian
Assyria, northern Mesopotamia (Iraq)
Neo-Assyrian period, 900-700 BCE