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The Magnificent Mušḫuššu Pumpkin! Right now at the Museum, we have a special Mesopotamia Exhibit, showcasing the wonderful history and art from one of the most important points of human history. It’s also a great place to pull ideas from for a pumpkin! For our 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Jam, one of our teams made a wonderful Mušḫuššu, a mystical creature from Mesopotamia, featured...

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My dad wrote this book in Syriac by hand in 1972, when he was just 13-14 years old, while studying at the Monastery of Mor Hananyo (Deyrulzafaran, Saffron Monastery) in Mardin. It’s a copy of the prayer book for weekdays according to the Syriac Orthodox Church, called “shhimo”.

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A plaque from Ur depicting the protective goddess called a lama in Sumerian and, later, a lamassu in Akkadian. The male version of this benevolent deity was called an alad in Sumerian and a shedu in Akkadian. My info comes from Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia by Jeremy Black and Anthony Green. (I first encountered the Lamassu and the Shedu as lawful good creatures in the origina...

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QUEEN PUABI’S HEADDRESS (2/2) Ur, Iraq c.2500 BCE So many different displays, each rather telling… “Her name and title are known from the short inscription on one of three cylinder seals found on her person. Although most women’s cylinder seals at the time would have read “wife of ___,” this seal made no mention of her husband. Instead, it gave her name and title as queen. ...

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Enûma Eliš (When on high) Enuma Elish is the Babylonian creation mythos centeredon the supremacy of Marduk and the creation of humankind for the service of the gods.

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Bilingual Seal of a Hittite King In the center of this silver seal, an inscription in hieroglyphs (i.e., logograms) bears the name of Tarkummuwa, King of Mera, and the inscription is repeated in Hittite cuneiform along the rim. Discovered at the Turkish site of Smyrna, this bilingual seal provided one of the first clues to deciphering the hieroglyphic script native to ancient Anatolia. The lan...

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