Seven thousand years of art and culture between the Tigris and the Euphrates from Baghdad is being displayed in West Germany.
GV OF Hildesheim cathedral ZOOM INTO exhibition poster.
SV INTERIOR Museum experts from Baghdad looking at exhibits.
CU Ivory carving approximately 2500 years old.
SV People looking at statue. (2 SHOTS)
CU Statue from Uruk-Wara.
SV ZOOM INTO CU Statue of bull also from Uruk-Wara. (2 SHOTS)
CU Head of ruler from Nineveh.
CU Pair of statues from Tell Asmar rotating. (2 SHOTS)
CU PAN Old tomb with signs of remains in it.
CU PAN DOWN A pillar dating back to the Sumerian Empire.
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV Oriental motif depicting a lion fighting a bull.
SV Relief depicting bull from the Ischtar Gate in Babylon.
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Background: Seven thousand years of art and culture between the Tigris and the Euphrates from Baghdad is being displayed in West Germany. The exhibition, made up of sculptures, reliefs, ceramics and jewellery, has recently been shown in Tokyo and several European capitals. It is owned by the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad.
SYNOPSIS: The exhibition is being displayed in West Germany in the 900-year-old cathedral at Hindlesheim. The title of the exhibition, "Sumeria, Assyria and Babylon" reflects the three important cultures represented by the region between the Tigris and the Euphrates. Archaeologists have been searching for traces of man's early history there for more than 150 years. Their searchers have been successful as these priceless finds, from the royal tombs in Ur and Tell Asmar, testify.
Over the past few thousand years, the face of Western Europe has been moulded by the empires of the Egyptian, sumerians, Assyrians and Babylonians and many of the exhibits on display trace the history of mankind in its earliest days.
These two 5,000-year-old figures from Tell Asmar have been carved out of plaster.
This piece, a woman's skull and gold jewellery, give an insight into the everyday work of an archaeologist. Before it was discovered during excavations in Ur, it had lain in the earth for 4,500 years.
This pillar dates back to the Sumerian Empire and depicts a cult festival immortalised in a stone relief more than 5,000 years ago.
A lion locked in a life or death struggle with a bull. This popular motif or Oriental art was created some 1,500 years ago under the rule of the Persians.