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Sep062010

Also, Babylon

The other part of the Pergamon Museum is the Ishtar Gate and various and sundry other ancient Mesopotamian goodness. Last time I was here, this wing was closed, so it was great to see it again. The highlight is the Ishtar Gate, a partial reconstruction of the amazing tiled bas-reliefs that once graced this gateway into the city of Babylon.

Once again, none of the pics I took of the whole thing look great, so here's a close-up of some of the many, many lions. Check out the Wikipedia link for more on the whole thing.

And here's a close-up, not from the gate, of a bas-relief soldier:

And here my friend Amy confronts a sphinx. I think she knows the answer for its riddle.

Reader Comments (4)

Argh, you're bringing out the culture vulture in me and I have work to do. I do love sculpture though, so much more than paintings, the tactile nature and sheer size of some of the objects on display is quite breathtaking. In the Louvre I was stunned by the flawless beauty of a marble head on display there, don't remember who it represented but it was massive and yet the work so fine it could have been machine tooled.
That people had time to learn these crafts and to put them so beautifully in to practice, illustrates for me all that is good about society. Leading on from which, I don't know if it was shown in the states, but Terry Jones' ( of Python fame) TV series Barbarians brought wonderfully to life the pre-Roman life and art of Europe. Thoroughly recommend it.
Awesome pics.
September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoadshow
That Sphinx appears to have five feet.

Anyway, at least we know which city GM 4 is going to be set in ;)
September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobert B
Cool! That pic of Amy is cute. She does look determined to figure it out.
September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
That Sphinx does have five feet! "What goes on four legs, then two legs, then three legs?...Not me!"

Seriously, what's with that?
September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Woomer

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