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Brick, clay, IX century  b.C
Figurine of divinity, terracotta, XIX-XVIII century b.C.
Amulet, black stone, 3000 b.C.

The Civic Museum of Palazzo Te includes among its collections a valuable collection of artifacts relating to the Mesopotamian civilization.

The Civic Museum of Palazzo Te includes among its collections a valuable collection of artifacts relating to the Mesopotamian civilization.

Among the very few archaeological collections from the Near East in Italy, the core is made up of about two hundred and fifty pieces collected from Ugo Sissa between 1953 and 1957 during his stay in Baghdad as a chief architect of the government.

The types of objects now on display at the Palazzo Te show some characteristic aspects of the fascinating culture of the ancient Near East, such as daily life, architecture, writing and religion.

Among the most interesting materials are tablets with cuneiform inscriptions, a brick with the seal of King Nebuchadnezzar, amulets and votive statues.

Remarkable is the extension of the chronological exhibits, dating from the sixth millennium BC and the fourteenth century AD.

The exhibition is sorted by a thematic breakdown of the materials, then settled for provenance and history.