|Statue of Ashurnasirpal II|
The area housed four empires, Sumarians, Akaadians, Assyrians, and Babylonians. Telling the social, economical, and political story of this ancient time through the study of artifacts excavated in this area is an intricate task; disrupted many times by change of political power and point of view.
Through showcasing 170 artifacts of Sumerian, Assyrians and Babylonians, on loan from British Museum, "Mesopotamia: Inventing our World" at Royal Ontario Museum attempts to establish a parallel between the past and present.
|Escape Across River, Nimrud 875-860 BCE|
There are keywords such as Justice, Globalization, Innovation, and etc. projected on the walls through out the exhibit. The script written on the wall describes topics such as irrigation, city building and architecture, law, agriculture, animal domestication, priests, gods, and kings. In addition there are animation to bring the story written on the clays to life, like the one here showing the escape across the river; as well as the fact that they knew how to swim. There are clasped-hands posed men, and women statues; looking at these made one feel so calm.
We are lucky to have exhibits like this to show us the richness of the civilized world. Sadly, however, the present day quality of life shows discontinuity between then and now. There is regression in the quality of life 5000 years ago and today.