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Statue of the goddess Narundi, part of the statuary ordered by king Puzur-Inshushinak of Ur-Nammu (2111-2094). The goddess wears a woollen garment,the "kaunakes",and sits on a lion-throne. Reverse side of 08-02-12/26 Limestone, 109 cm, Sb 54 Louvre, Departement des Antiquites Orientales, Paris, France

Statue of the goddess Narundi, part of the statuary ordered by king Puzur-Inshushinak of Ur-Nammu (2111-2094). The goddess wears a woollen garment,the "kaunakes",and sits on a lion-throne. Reverse side of 08-02-12/26 Limestone, 109 cm, Sb 54 Louvre, Departement des Antiquites Orientales, Paris, France

Eridu Excavations. Eridu is an ancient Sumerian city in what is now Tell Abu Shahrain, Iraq. It was long considered the earliest city in S Mesopotamia, and is still today argued to be the oldest city in the world. Located about 7.5-mi SW of Ur, Eridu was the southernmost of a conglomeration of cities that grew about temples. Eridu was founded ca 5400 BC, close to the Persian Gulf near the mouth of the Euphrates River

Eridu Excavations. Eridu is an ancient Sumerian city in what is now Tell Abu Shahrain, Iraq. It was long considered the earliest city in S Mesopotamia, and is still today argued to be the oldest city in the world. Located about 7.5-mi SW of Ur, Eridu was the southernmost of a conglomeration of cities that grew about temples. Eridu was founded ca 5400 BC, close to the Persian Gulf near the mouth of the Euphrates River

SUMER SCULPTURE 3RD-2ND MILL.BCE Fragment of the statue of a woman. From Umma, Neo-Sumerian, around 2140 BCE Limestone, H: 22,2 cm AO 4754 Louvre, Departement des Antiquites Orientales, Paris, France

SUMER SCULPTURE 3RD-2ND MILL.BCE Fragment of the statue of a woman. From Umma, Neo-Sumerian, around 2140 BCE Limestone, H: 22,2 cm AO 4754 Louvre, Departement des Antiquites Orientales, Paris, France

A RARE AND IMPORTANT POST-SASANIAN OR EARLY ISLAMIC SILVER EWER, PERSIA, 8TH CENTURY

A RARE AND IMPORTANT POST-SASANIAN OR EARLY ISLAMIC SILVER EWER, PERSIA, 8TH CENTURY

5,500 years ago. A lost code used to keep records 200 years before the invention of the written word has been found in clay balls from Iran. The balls, also called ‘envelopes’, are hollow and contain different geometric shapes or ‘tokens'. These envelopes likely represent the known - at least to our current knowledge - efforts to humans to permanently record data.

Clay spheres from Mesopotamia could be the 'very first data storage'

5,500 years ago. A lost code used to keep records 200 years before the invention of the written word has been found in clay balls from Iran. The balls, also called ‘envelopes’, are hollow and contain different geometric shapes or ‘tokens'. These envelopes likely represent the known - at least to our current knowledge - efforts to humans to permanently record data.

Sumerian Gods Annunaki, Anunna, Anunnaku, Ananaki - Large Headstone

Sumerian Gods Annunaki, Anunna, Anunnaku, Ananaki - Large Headstone

Carved Ivory Mesopotamian Votive Figurine of the Goddess Ishtar, Circa 3000 BCE. Ishtar, known as Inanna to the Sumerians, was universal as a goddess in various forms in the ancient middle east. She was the Akkadian supreme goddess of sexual love and fertility and was also the goddess of war, ‘the lady of battles’. Her symbol was an eight pointed star that was identified with the planet Venus; later the Romans knew her by this name.

Carved Ivory Mesopotamian Votive Figurine of the Goddess Ishtar, Circa 3000 BCE. Ishtar, known as Inanna to the Sumerians, was universal as a goddess in various forms in the ancient middle east. She was the Akkadian supreme goddess of sexual love and fertility and was also the goddess of war, ‘the lady of battles’. Her symbol was an eight pointed star that was identified with the planet Venus; later the Romans knew her by this name.

Divinité masculine syrienne. PÉRIODE: 16e siècle av J.-C. -  bronze moyen (2000-1600 av J.-C.) (Syrie, Phénicie, Israël). SITE DE PRODUCTION: Proche-Orient (origine). LIEU DE DÉCOUVERTE: Syrie (origine). | Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Franck Raux

Divinité masculine syrienne. PÉRIODE: 16e siècle av J.-C. - bronze moyen (2000-1600 av J.-C.) (Syrie, Phénicie, Israël). SITE DE PRODUCTION: Proche-Orient (origine). LIEU DE DÉCOUVERTE: Syrie (origine). | Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Franck Raux

Cruche  Bronze Moyen III - Bronze Récent I  Ras Shamra-Ougarit, ville basse, tombe 54 Terre cuite bichrome  Fouilles C. Schaeffer-G Chenet, 1937 Département des Antiquités orientales	 AO 19252

Cruche Bronze Moyen III - Bronze Récent I Ras Shamra-Ougarit, ville basse, tombe 54 Terre cuite bichrome Fouilles C. Schaeffer-G Chenet, 1937 Département des Antiquités orientales AO 19252

Ba'al    Stele found at Ancient Ugarit

Ba'al Stele found at Ancient Ugarit

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