Pour a libation of your choice–beer was popular in the Ancient Near East–and join this live virtual tour of the exhibition From Stone to Silicone: Recasting Mesopotamian Monuments. The museum showcases newly fabricated casts from the ancient scenes that once adorned palace walls in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). 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. Learn more about the Assyrian palace of King Ashunasurpal II, listen to the language of Hammurabi's code and experience a reconstruction of ancient lyre music with an education specialist.
This event uses Zoom, a video-conference tool that can be used for meetings and live chat. The educator will be "driving" and richly describing artifacts on a virtual tour with embedded label text, and 3D animations. This is an adaptation of a face-to-face touch tour typically offered for visitors with partial or total vision loss. Registrants will receive a link and simple instructions on how to attend.