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The Babylonian map of the world also known as the "Imago Mundi" is the oldest known map of the world in existence dating from around the 6th century BC. An inscription at the base tells us that it was copied from an even earlier map and judging by the place names listed on it the original may have dated from the 9th century BC. It was discovered by pioneering Assyriologist Hormuzd Rassam during his excavations at Sippar in the 1880s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The map depicts, the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and a number of cities including Babylon near its centre and Assyria. It also names the distant mountainous land of Uratu identified as Armenia. According to Irving Finkel the British Museum's Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, Uratu also refers to the Mountains of Ararat where Noah's Ark is said to have come to rest. Curiously, Egypt is not shown though it would have been well known to the Babylonians. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The known world is shown surrounded by the "Bitter River" or ocean. Beyond this is shown a number of mysterious triangular islands. The inscriptions describing these are badly damaged but the fragments that remain are intriguing referring to the islands variously as the “place of the rising sun”, “the sun is hidden and nothing can be seen” and “beyond the flight of birds” and describes a "Great wall" 840 cubits (350 metres) in height. It also lists 18 monsters and demons that can be found in these distant lands my favourite being "The Great Hairy One". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ancienthistory#archaeology#ancientmystery#ancientmysteries#history#ancientcivilisation#museums#ancientmap#Babylon#cartography#biblicalhistory#biblicalarchaeology#mesopotamia#assyriology#cuneiform#ancientwriting #britishmuseum #map#ararat#babylonians#monsters#demons#demonology#noah#noahsark#theflood#biblicalflood#genesis#sippar#iraq
Ancient Buddhist stone carvings in the #britishmuseum, in a strange juxtaposition with post modernist roasted vegetables and a gin and tonic. All inverted images.
✍🏻. En tiempos donde todo parece descartable, valoro cuando aparecen esos objetos que vienen conmigo desde hace mucho. Esta manito de madera, me acompaña desde mis días de estudiante......................................................... . Follow us on @estudioflorfasci...............................................Proyectos de decoración................................... Contacto 📬. email@example.com . #color#styling#deco#interiordesign#lifestyle#diseñodeinteriores#interiorismo#decor#stationery#books #britishmuseum
Last year, I had the chance to visit the newly-opened Albukhary Foundation Gallery of Islamic Art in the British Museum. Amongst the many objects documenting the criss-crossing strands of culture and history, I was struck by Syrian-norm artist Issam Kourbaj’s Dark Water, Burning Worlds. This contemporary work, made of bicycle mudguards and burnt matches, is a poignant epitaph to so much wasted human potential. There is a part of me that would like to believe that the reuse of discarded materials enshrines some feeble hope for a better world, a better life, a better voyage. Some sort of after-life, I suppose. But there is a part of me that suspects that these extinguished flames represent, alas, just that. Including work like this in the BM reminds us that ancient art still has vital currency, the objects, faultlines and issues of yesterday’s world reverberating today. #issamkourbaj@issamkourbaj#albukharyfoundationgallery@britishmuseum #britishmuseum #islamicart#contemporaryart#refugees