Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World | Level 2B

  • Statue of King Ashurnasirpal II
    Statue of King Ashurnasirpal II, from Nimrud, Temple of Ishtar, 875-860 BCE. A rare surviving example of an Assyrian sculpture in the round. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet VI, Clay, Nineveh, Library of Ashurbanipal, 7th century BCE. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
    The Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet VI, 7th century BCE. One of the great compositions of world literature, it tells a universal story of one man’s heroic quest for immortality. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
  • Bead head-dress with gold leaf pendants
    Headdress, Royal Cemetery, Ur, c. 2500 BCE. Worn by one of the many female attendants in a tomb known as the "King’s Grave." © The Trustees of the British Museum.
  • Striding Lion, Southern Citadel throne room facade, Babylon. c. 750-539 BCE. © Royal Ontario Museum.
    Striding Lion relief (c.750-539 BCE) from the ROM's collection, once adorned the façade of the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar II (604–562 BCE) in Babylon. © Royal Ontario Museum.
  • Lyre (frontal view). Gold, lapis, and shell - four mythical scenes on plaque below bulls head. 2650-2550 BCE. Iraq, Ur. L: 191cm, W: 20cm, H: 167cm. Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), Philadelphia, P.A.
    Lyre (frontal view). Gold, lapis, and shell - four mythical scenes on plaque below bulls head. 2650-2550 BCE. Iraq, Ur. L: 191cm, W: 20cm, H: 167cm. Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), Philadelphia, P.A.
  • The Dying Lion, from Nineveh, North Palace, c. 645–640 BCE.
    The Dying Lion, from Nineveh, North Palace, c. 645–640 BCE. Originally part of a larger relief panel on which King Ashurbanipal was shown hunting lions in his chariot. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

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Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Level 2B

Ancient Mesopotamia

The world we live in was born in Mesopotamia more than 3,000 years ago. Home to the world’s first great cities, the land “between the rivers” is the birthplace of writing, of codified laws, of urban planning, of long-distance trade, and of empire-building.

ROM Ancient Cultures, in collaboration with the British Museum, presents Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World,exploring this legacy through an astounding array of artifacts—most never before seen in Canada.

Drawn from the British Museum’s extraordinary collections as well as the ROM’s and from the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, this is your only opportunity to see these priceless objects under one roof.

Plus: Experience a unique 3-D re-creation of mysterious Babylon, take advantage of many hands-on opportunities and join us for illuminating public lectures and events that delve deeper into this ancient culture.

Access the audio archive of Explore Mesopotamia, a series of informative and entertaining lectures delving into the archaeology, art and innovation of Mesopotamia.

EXHIBIT PATRONS:
MOHAMMAD AL ZAIBAK AND FAMILY
YOUNG PATRONS CIRCLE

Personnel

Clemens Reichel

Associate Curator

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