Iraq Museum

The University of Pennsylvania team went to Nippur hoping to find spectacular treasures, but their biggest discovery was an ancient library, consisting of more than 30,000 cuneiform tablets, one of which contained an old Sumerian tale about a Great Flood. One of the few works of art recovered by Hilprecht and his colleagues in Nippur was a 14-inch-high terracotta statue (shown here, compare with photo of copper statuette) of an unknown god.