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by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum's collection of Ancient Near Eastern Art comprises more than seven thousand works of art ranging in date from 8000 B.C.E. (the Neolithic period) to the Arab conquest and rise of Islam beginning in A.D. 651. The works come from ancient Mesopotamia, Iran, Syria, Anatolia, and other lands in the region that extends from the Black and Caspian Seas in the north to the southwestern Arabian peninsula, and from western Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea to the Indus River Valley in modern-day Pakistan and India. Above: Detail, Relief with Eagle-headed Winged Figure, 883–859 B.C.; Neo-Assyrian period, reign of Ashurnasirpal II; Excavated at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), northern Mesopotamia; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1932 (32.143.4)