Niviene (niviene) wrote,

Mesopotamia at the ROM

I had the brilliant Idea of going to the ROM on the afternoon  - New Year's eve - with lady__croft. One because we had a half day at the office and two I was thinking that it wouldn't crowded. It wasn't crowded at all. Absolutely fabulous exhibit. Loved having conversations with people who have a love of the ancient world as I do. I did have to explain what a 'lyre' was to a nice older couple and gave them examples of where the ancient Greek musical instrument appears in myth and literature such as Apollo, Orpheus, the Iliad and Shakespeare of course.

I have to admit I squee'd when I saw a small tablet inscribed with the epic tale of Gilgamesh in cuneiform. I think that was the highlight of the exhibit for me. Another really cool piece was this large granite sculpture with Hammurabi's code of laws written on it. Did I mention all the fabulous semi precious stone jewelry? Carnelian and Lapis Lazuli etc. One of the early excavation dig leader had a necklace made out of cylinder seals.....gorgeous if a bit extravagant even for me!

I'd recommend you go before the exhibit's over (Jan 5, 2013.) You will not be disappointed!
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