Prayer niche from Maidan mosque, Kashan, Iran at Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany | ©David Almeida

Prayer niche from Maidan mosque, Kashan, Iran at Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany | ©David Almeida

Ishtar Gate (restored), Babylon, Iraq, ca. 575 BCE.    Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar II was one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Glazed bricks depicting Marduk’s dragon and Adad’s bull decorate the monumental arcuated Ishtar Gate.

Ishtar Gate (restored), Babylon, Iraq, ca. 575 BCE. Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar II was one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Glazed bricks depicting Marduk’s dragon and Adad’s bull decorate the monumental arcuated Ishtar Gate.

Ishtar Gate - originally one of the Seven Wonders of the World; this gate was built in Babylon and was dedicated to the goddess Ishtar.

Ishtar Gate - originally one of the Seven Wonders of the World; this gate was built in Babylon and was dedicated to the goddess Ishtar.

Neo-Assyrian ca. 883–859 BCE Mesopotamia, Nimrud: Assyrian  Gypsum alabaster RELIEF: 64 5/8 x 50 1/2 x 3 in.

Neo-Assyrian ca. 883–859 BCE Mesopotamia, Nimrud: Assyrian Gypsum alabaster RELIEF: 64 5/8 x 50 1/2 x 3 in.

Personnage tenant un ibex et une fleur de pavot - Assyrie | Site officiel du musée du Louvre

Personnage tenant un ibex et une fleur de pavot - Assyrie | Site officiel du musée du Louvre

Victorian ladies in their finery....must have been exhausting to always have to dress up like that!

Victorian ladies in their finery....must have been exhausting to always have to dress up like that!

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