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Ginak, Prince of Edin-E. Sumerian, Northern Mesopotamia, 3rd Millenium B.C. Limestone  Louvre Museum

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Nergal  Relief plaque from the Old Babylonian period (1800-1600 BCE) depicting Nergal, god of the underworld and one of the Babylonian deities mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ.

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Sumerian harp of 11 strings, with inlaid gold bull's head, decorated with lapis lazuli and carnelian inlaid stones imported from the east. From the Royal Cemetery of Ur. Early Dynastic, ca. 2400 BC.

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Sumerian stele of Ur Nammu - from ancient city of Ur, Mesapotamian culture

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Sumerian Gods - Mythological References to Reptilian Humanoids | Several ancient peoples all over the world have described reptilian beings, and some have described reptilian humanoids. Common in numerous mythologies are tales of reptilian creatures (usually not humanoid) who are often, but not always, hostile to human beings. Also rather common are the myths of "Serpents of Wisdom" who enlightened humanity before the dawn of civilization.

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Enuma Elish   Creation myth used in Amorite, Akkadian, Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian religion.

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