Magic Lantern Slide: The Ishtar Gate, Babylon

This slide by Alfred Oliver Rowden shows the Ishtar Gate of Babylon. This gate was dedicated to the goddess Ishtar, but included images of other animal deities. The feint remains of this pattern can be seen on the right of the photograph. The Ishtar Gate was excavated at the end of the nineteenth century. Rowden was in Mesopotamia during the First World War and was not sent home until 1919 or 1920. He visited several archaeological and historical sites and photographed them to record his experiences.
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Lantern Slide: The Ishtar Gate, Babylon
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Magic Lantern Slide: The Ishtar Gate, Babylon
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United Kingdom
glass; paper; photographic emulsion
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World War I (1914-1918); Inter War (1918-1939)
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Social and industrial history
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handwritten 'M 237 Ishtar Gate' on top edge; handwritten 'The Ishtar Gate (2) Babylon / A.O. Rowden / S.C.P. 237' on masking strip
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whole width 83 mm; whole H 83 mm; whole TH 2.5 mm
Created At
2017-03-06 11:49:40
Updated At
2020-01-28 11:44:50

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