Tell Asmar Statuettes, Victory Stele of Naram-sin, Law Code of Hammurabi, Ishtar Gate.

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1) Tell Asmar Statuettes -dated around 2700-2600 B.C. and came from Sumerian architecture. These statuettes were from the Abu temple and these statuettes represented the goddesses. The tallest one was 30 inches high, which was the god of vegetation. In correlation, the rest of the statuettes, all had their purposes in representing different kinds of goddesses.

2) Victory Stele of Naram-sin - was during the Akkad period, which was around 2230 B.C. and made out of pink sandstone. It was also about six feet and six inches tall. Originally, this stele was erected in the town of Sippar, to the north of Babylon. In addition, the sculpture illustrates the victory over the mountain people of western Iran by Naram-Sin, which was the fourth king of the Semite dynasty of Akkad.

3) Law Code of Hammurabi- was made during the era of the old Babylonian period under the rule of King Hammurabi. The inscriptions of his codes were inscribed on a black basalt stele, beneath King Hammurabi and the shamash. The sculpture is approximately seven feet tall. It was made around 1792-1750 B.C. and King Hammurabi himself along with the shamash writing all of the laws down, while the king is dictating them to him.

4) Ishtar Gate- built by Nebuchadnezzar II in 575 B.C. in Babylon was a glazed-brick structure decorated with figures of bulls and dragons, symbols of the weather god Adad and of Marduk. The repeated design served as a guide for the ritual processions from the city to the temple. The gate was made out of blue-gazed enamel bricks and edged with white and gold geometric designs. I have learnt a lot just from looking at such beautiful architecture. After researching the detailed facts, I have realized that this took lots of effort, manpower, very...