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The 'Ram in a Thicket' (British Museum, Room 56: Mesopotamia) 2600 - 2400 BC. From Ur, southern Iraq. One of an almost identical pair discovered in the Royal Cemetary at Ur. Wooden core with gold, gold leaf, copper, lapis lazuli, shell and red limestone. http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/me/t/the_ram_in_a_thicket.aspx

Ancient Mesopotamia was responsible for some of the very earliest cities, writing, maths, astronomy and amazing crafts. This activity uses object based enquiry to examine the Standard of Ur, the People of Sumer, jewellery design and the relationship between humans and animals.

Female and Child Figurine. 1500-1200 BC. Tyre, Lebanon.

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Ram in the Thicket (or Ram Caught in a Thicket)

Ram in the Thicket (or Ram Caught in a Thicket) (Mesopotamian, ca. 2650-2550 B.C.). Found in the "Great Death Pit" at Ur. Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, copper, shell, red limestone and bitumen

Rare and Curious Archimboldesque Shell Figure ;mid 18thC

The "standard" of Ur. Mesopotamia c.9000 years ago. Wood, shell, lapis lazuli, and red limestone. One side represents peace, the other, war.

Sumerian harp of 11 strings, with inlaid gold bull's head, decorated w/lapis lazuli & carnelian inlaid stones imported from the east. From the Royal Cemetery of Ur. Early Dynastic, ca 2400 BC. Iraq