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The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia, literally meaning the ‘Land between the Rivers', includes modern Iraq, north east Syria, and south east Turkey spanning across the rivers of the Tigris and Euphrates. As the cradle of urban civilization, many modern developments owe their origins to  ancient Mesopotamia   such as the invention of writing, complex administration and astrology . The Mesopotamian civilization  witnessed the flowering of sophisticated art and literature together with  remarkable achievements in intellectual, spiritual and scientific realms that still have a profound influence on modern life today. Showcasing more than 170  artefacts from the British Museum, this exhibition explores  significant episodes of  ancient Mesopotamian history from 3500 to 539 BC – the birth of cities in Sumer,  the powerful military empire of  Assyria and the development and legacy of cosmopolitan  Babylon.

 

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The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series:
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The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series:
The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia

Votive statue of a Sumerian woman
Limestone
c. 2500 BC
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Cylinder seal showing contest and banquet scenes
Lapis lazuli
2600-2300 BC
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Drinking cup
Gold
c. 2500 BC  
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Nimrud bowl with Egyptian motifs
Bronze
9th-8th century BC
© The Trustees of the British Museum

The killing of lions
Gypsum
c. 645-640 BC
© The Trustees of the British Museum

A record of Nebuchadnezzar's successes
Stone
605-562 BC
© The Trustees of the British Museum

Five Babylonian duck weights
Agate
600-500 BC
© The Trustees of the British Museum

30/1 – 13/5/2013

Admission Fee:

Standard  Ticket:HK$10
Holders of Museum Pass may enjoy free admission
Concession tickets, Museum Weekly Pass and free admission on Wednesdays are not applicable to this exhibition.

Closes on every Tuesday.
During the Chinese New Year, the Museum closes early at 5pm on 9 Feb 2013, followed by two more closing days until its reopening on 12 Feb on a special Tuesday.

Solely Sponsored by
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Jointly presented by
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The Trustees of the British Museum

Jointly organised by
Hong Kong Museum of History
The British Museum