Museum Visit: Bronze Age Mesopotamia

We continued our series of museum outings with today’s visit to the Morgan Library and Museum for “She Who Wrote,” an exhibit of Mesopotamian artifacts focused on the role of women in these bronze-age civilizations.

Our intrepid party.
Finely-carved stone preserves images from more than four thousand yars ago.
The scale of the cuneiform tablets is remarkable — thousands of words preserved on clay blocks only a few inches high.
The detailing of the rolling cylinder seals was likewise startling — the intricate images which were rolled out on clay to authoritatively “sign” their contents were often only an inch tall.
Following the Mesopotamian exhibit we visited the adjacent library, which had medieval books on display including this one of board game “challenge” scenarios for the reader to puzzle over.

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