An exhibition of artifacts from one of the earliest centres of civilised life has opened in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (14 March).
GV Ljubljana National Musum exterior
SV Babylonia sign above entrance to museum
CU Statue of standing woman 3000 BC (2 shots)
CU PAN UP Statue of sitting man
CU AND SV Statue of wrestles with baskets (2 shots)
CU Duck paperweight (2 shots)
CU PAN UP To a Milestone Huduru 1082 BC
CU Relief of Goddess Ishtar (3 shots)
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Background: An exhibition of artifacts from one of the earliest centres of civilised life has opened in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (14 March). Some of the pieces from Babylonian, Mesopotamian and Assyrian history are on display for the first time outside Iraq, the Arab state whose boundaries assimilated the pre-Christian empires.
SYNOPSIS: The exhibition is being staged at the Ljubljana National Museum. Amongst the pieces shipped from the iraqi National Museum in Baghdad are examples of Mesopotamian art never previously seen abroad. This statue of a standing woman was recovered from the ruins at Ur, the capital of southern Mesopotamia and biblical home of the prophet Abraham. LIke this statue of a seated man, it dates back almost three thousand years before Christ. Ur was abandoned when the Euphrates river changed course and reduced the surrounding land to desert.
The gods Mesopotamian mythology were held to have created man partly for their sport and partly to relieve them of their toil. This statue of wrestlers, almost five thousand years old, combines the two themes. Archaeologists have little knowledge of this period and Iraq has begun a campaign to encourage study of the region's history.
The great Silk Road from China crossed the Persian Roal trade routes at Persian Royal trade routes at Iraq. The cuneiform inscriptions on this Hunduru tablet show it to be a milestone dating back more than two thousand years. Irrigation projects funded by oil revenue have hastened the excavation of Iraq's ancient sites before they are drowned. Among the finds ... this icon of Ishtar, Goddess of War and Love. This exhibition treats Yugoslavs, for whom Iraq is the principal oil supplier, to the fruits of their purchase.