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Mesopotamian Gallery: Daily LifeExhibitions in this area of the gallery focus on daily life in ancient Mesopotamia. Entertainment included board games and gaming pieces, examples of which are exhibited here, along with representations of athletic events like wrestling, and what may be toy models and rattles. Music was another form of entertainment, and representations of various instruments are displayed. A mockup of a typical private house and courtyard has been reconstructed using household pottery and stone and metal implements dating to ca. 1800 B.C. To the right are plans of some ancient Mesopotamian cities and photographs of excavated houses and streets.
Revised: February 19, 2007