From Stone to Silicone: Recasting Mesopotamian Monuments

The Harvard Semitic Museum is reimagining its grand third-floor atrium gallery, featuring the arts of ancient Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq).

This first installment showcases newly fabricated casts from the ancient scenes that once adorned Mesopotamian palace walls. Meticulously created by museum curators and Harvard students, these relief sculptures show how the ancient kings commemorated their military triumphs and civic achievements. For ancient audiences, these scenes presented powerful royal propaganda. For modern audiences, they reveal great artistry and important glimpses into life in the ancient Near East.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, December 16th and will then be open to the public during normal business hours, Sunday-Friday 11:00am-4:00pm.

This exhibition is supported by a grant provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


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Date & Time

  • Sat, December 16, 2017
    Sun, December 16, 2018


Museum Admission Free

Location Hours

Mon 10am - 4pm
Tue 10am - 4pm
Wed 10am - 4pm
Thu 10am - 4pm
Fri 10am - 4pm
Sun 1pm - 4pm


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