Ancient Mesopotamia was the birthplace of western civilization. At Phoenix Ancient Art one can explore the beauty and culture of that civilization at the dawn of recorded history, some 8,000 years ago, in the part of the world that is now modern day Iraq, part of Syria and Iran. Phoenix Ancient Art has for sale many astoundingly beautiful ancient artworks from the “land between the rivers,” the Tigris and Euphrates, from which Mesopotamia gets its name.
One example is a Sumerian limestone head of a man, dating from the Early Dynastic II-III period of about 2800-2334 B.C.E.. Although the head itself is fragmentary; the left half of the face shows roundedness suggestive of chubbiness, and almond shaped eye-sockets from which the inlaid eyes are missing. The face has arched eyebrows, a short nose with wide nostrils and thin lips, which bear a restrained smile. The head is adorned with wavy hair and a thin hair band is worn across the top.