Mesopotamian states were among the most powerful and influential in history. Public monuments carved in stone were a regular feature in Mesopotamian tradition, and were prominently displayed in cities. They often showed scenes of rulers and gods. As royal propaganda, they displayed the ruler’s greatness before both gods and mortals. The casts of Mesopotamian monuments exhibited at the Harvard Semitic Museum cover a span of over 1,400 years. Though they represent only a selection of the monuments typical of Mesopotamian states, they provide an invaluable record of long-vanished peoples and the politics of their ancient world.
This exhibition consists of a wonderful collection of Mesopotamian casts, including the Laws of Hammurabi, the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, and the Stela of Esarhaddon, offering a truly unique opportunity for visitors to experience these ancient works of art all in one gallery.