Panel with a male figure grasping a tree; winged sun disc above. Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. century B. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) Culture: Assyrian--notice the winged object above him ?
Royal Tombs of Ur - shell plaque found in Queen Pu-abi's tomb. It shows ibexes rearing up on their hind legs to feed on the leaves of a high branch. Note the eight-pointed rosette in the center.
Gudea Vase--"On exhibit in the Louvre is a green libation vase, excavated from the ancient Mesopotamian city of Lagash. The inscription on it, from King Gudea of Lagash circa 2025 BC, is a dedication to Ningizzida. Also on the vase is an image of two entwined snakes on a rod. Some have dated the vase as far back as 4000 B.C. The rod is most likely to be Axis Mundi, the world tree, Yggdrasil, the tree of life. Ningizzida, a fertility god, was also known as 'Lord of the Tree of Life...."