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Mesopotamian Gallery: Gifts to the Gods
Most of the finest pieces of Mesopotamian art were fashioned for use in temples and were dedicated to the gods and goddesses of the realm. Several of these cases display examples of the elaborately carved stone vessels that were used to hold offerings and to serve the deities' daily meals. Some of these vessels, made of a soft greenish stone known as steatite or chlorite, were imported from southern Iran and have been found as far afield as the Indus Valley and southern Russia. Other objects include small amulets, fashioned of stone, ivory, and bone, that were worn to protect against various evils such as scorpion stings.
Revised: February 19, 2007