·The cradle of civilization in the West, Bronze Age Mesopotamia included Sumer and the Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian empires, all native to the territory of…
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The religion of the Urartu civilization, which flourished principally in ancient Armenia from the 9th to 6th century BCE, was a unique mix of indigenous, Hurrian and Mesopotamian gods and symbolism. The pantheon was headed by the trinity of Haldi, Teisheba, and Shivini, who were the principal beneficiaries of sacrifices and temples built in their honour. Inscriptions, dedications and representations in art are all a testimony to the importance of religion in Urartu culture.
A MESOPOTAMIAN STEATITE SPECTACLE IDOL
A MESOPOTAMIAN STEATITE SPECTACLE IDOL SYRIA, CIRCA 3000-2500 B.C. The rectangular architectonic base with curving shoulders, sculpted on all four sides with a tiered facade, composed of several friezes including hatching, beading, zigzag, and crosshatching, centered by a doorway on each long side with a concave upper surface, the disk "eyes" above the waisted rectangular neck. Formerly at Christies
A LARGE MESOPOTAMIAN STONE SPECTACLE IDOL
Mesopotamian Stone Spectacle Idol, c. 3000 BCE. The architectonic base of rectangular form with rounded edges, decorated with reed houses with characteristic arching doorways, band of zigzags and chevrons above, the "eyes" on a long conical-shaped neck.