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Mesopotamia: Civilisation Begins

Getty Villa, Los Angeles

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This show of sculptures, cuneiform tablets, astronomical records and other artefacts charts the birth of civilisation between the Euphrates and Tigris in modern-day Iraq. It extends from the earliest Sumerian cities in around 3200 BC to the time of Alexander the Great. Find out more from the Getty’s website.

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Bovids in their stable (c. 3400–3100 BC), proto-urban culture, Mesopotamia.

Bovids in their stable (c. 3400–3100 BC), proto-urban culture, Mesopotamia. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre)/Franck Raux

Head of a ruler (c. 2300 - 2000 BC), Mesopotamia.

Head of a ruler (c. 2300–2000 BC), Mesopotamia. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Statue of Gudea (c. 2090 BC), Neo-Sumerian.

Statue of Gudea (c. 2090 BC), Neo-Sumerian, Mesopotamia. Photo: © The Metropolitan Mueum of Art, New York

Head of a God (c. 2150–2000 BC), Neo-Sumerian, Mesopotamia.

Head of a God (c. 2150–2000 BC), Neo-Sumerian, Mesopotamia. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre)/Franck Raux

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