Foundation figure of king Shulgi of Ur carrying a basket. Mesopotamia, excavated at Nippur, 2100 –2000 BCE, Copper. Writings suggest that the first brick of a new temple was ceremonially laid by the ruler, in this case, king Shulgi. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Met's collection of ancient Near Eastern art includes more than works ranging in date from the eighth millennium B. through the centuries just beyond the time of the Arab conquests of the seventh century A.
locaantiqua: “ Ring, late century b., Etruscan, Gilt silver “This ring testifies to the complexity of artistic interconnection at the end of the Archaic period. The bezel is in the form of a cartouche, a shape ultimately of Egyptian.