Multaqa: Museum As Meeting Point
A Sumerian cylindrical seal that was once used for monitoring trade and signing clay tablet letters portrays the god Dumuzid with a pair of branches growing out of his body, with which he is feeding two goat-like animals. To the left and right are bowed bamboo canes symbolizing the goddess Inanna. The whole thing is inspired by the myth of the rebirth of Dumuzid.
Many visitors come from Aleppo, but most have no idea about this aspect of their own cultural history, which they discover here to have a more international flavour than they thought. Exactly that is what I find it important to get across, because only if we recognize that our own culture has always developed in a dialogue with other cultures can we be open to new things in a confident way.
It is giving me hope that regardless what's happening in my homeland Syria the glory of its history will last for ever. As this giant bird is still in the Museum in Berlin even though during the second world war it was destroyed in pieces and ashes after the bombing of the museum. And it was recreated as the rest of the tall half objects after several years.