Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections
Standing male figure; Lebanon, from Jezzine, late 3rd–early 2nd millennium BCE; copper; H: 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm), W: 4 in. (10.2 cm), D: 2 in. (5.1 cm); Private collection, New York. Photo: Maggie Nimkin.
Head of Gudea: Iraq, from Telloh, Second Dynasty of Lagash, reign of Gudea, 2144–2124 BCE; diorite; H: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm), W: 3 1/2 in. (9 cm), D: 3 1/2 in. (9 cm); University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, 1927, B16664. Photo: Penn Museum image no. 152768.
Male figure; Iraq, excavated from the Nintu Temple, Level VI at Khafaje, Mid-to-Late Early Dynastic Period, 2700–2500 BCE; alabaster; shell, and lapis lazuli; H: 9 in. (23 cm), W: 3 1/8 in. (8 cm), D: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, Joint Bagdad School/University Museum Expedition to Mesopotamia, 1937, 37-15-28. Photo: Penn Museum image no. 152346.
Relief fragment with a battle scene; Iraq, excavated by William Kennett Loftus in August of 1854 from the Southwest Palace of Sennacherib at Nineveh, Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sennacherib, 705–681 BCE; limestone or gypseous alabaster; H: 10 in. (25.4 cm), W: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); Seattle Art Museum, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection and Hagop Kevorkian, 46.49. Photo: Seattle Art Museum.
Statuette of a monkey; Iran, first half of the 3rd millennium BCE; limestone; H: 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm), W: 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm), D: 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); Brooklyn Museum, purchased with funds given by Shelby White, 1991.3. Photo: Brooklyn Museum.
Sherd with stags; Turkey, excavated from Alishar Hüyük, 800–700 BCE; ceramic with slip; H: 6 in. (15.3 cm), W: 7 3/8 in. (18.8 cm); The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, A10266. Photo: Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.