Nineveh, near present day Mosul, Iraq. Nineveh was one of the oldest and greatest cities in antiquity. The area was settled as early as 6000 BC and, by 3000 BC, had become an important religious center for worship of the Assyrian goddess Ishtar.
Standing male worshiper Period: Early Dynastic I-II Date: ca. Geography: Mesopotamia, Eshnunna (modern Tell Asmar) Culture: Sumerian Medium: Gypsum alabaster, shell, black limestone, bitumen Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 3 in. x x 10 cm)
A rare middle Assyrian Bull Pendant, 16th to 10th centuries BC