Matthew Bogdanos

One recovered, one still to go. One of two copper bulls of the mother-goddess Ninhursag, from the facade of the temple of Mesannipadda, King of Ur, at Tell al-Ubaid (about 2475 B.C.), has been recovered so far. They are thought to be among the oldest known bulls in relief. The pair was ripped from the wall of the Sumerian room of the Iraq Museum and discovered missing after the looting in April 2003.