Bay wood. Naturally dried then doused with three coats of wood preservative. Four coats of wax, softened and soothed.
Vital Statistics: Height 16” base diameter 4 ½”
Upon a hard wood pedestal.
Stripped, soaked with three coats of clear preservative and waxed three times.
Height 29 ½”. Top diameter 6 ½”. Base span 9 ¾” square, four legs.
Mesopotamia means “between the rivers”. The region is situated between the Tigris – Euphrates river system. The rivers flow into the Persian Gulf. In modern days this area roughly corresponds to Iraq and Kuwait, the eastern part of Syria, and south-eastern Turkey.
The region has historical importance as part of the Fertile Crescent, in which civilisation is believed to have first emerged. Mesopotamia is the site of the earliest developments of the Neolithic Revolution from around 10,000 BC. During the Babylonian Empire (around the turn of the third and second millennium BC) women as well as men learned to read and write. Sumerian and Akkadian were the spoken languages. In time Sumerian was used as a sacred, ceremonial, literary and scientific language in Mesopotamia until the first century AD. In Mesopotamia religion was polytheistic. The Sumerian word for universe is An-Ki, which refers to the sky god An, and the earth goddess Ki. Their son was Enlil the air god.