This exhibition explores through art the emergence of the world’s first city-states and empires in Syria and Mesopotamia during the third millennium B.C. and relates these developments to artistic and cultural connections stretching from the eastern Aegean to the Indus valley and Central Asia. The works of art, many brought together for the first time, illustrate the splendor of the most famous sites of the ancient world including the Royal Graves of Ur, the palace and temples of Mari, the citadel of Troy, and the great cities of the Indus Valley civilization. The exhibition includes approximately 400 works of extraordinary sculpture, jewelry, seals, relief carving, metalwork, and cuneiform tablets.
Bull standard, late 4th–early 3rd millennium B.C. North Caucasus, Maikop kurgan. Gold;
H. 8 cm (3 1/8 in.); L. 7.6 cm (3 in.); Weight 397.71 g.
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia 34-22.
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