[A drawing taken from a bas relief of the royal
Assyrian lion hunt]
Stone is very rare in Chaldea, and could be brought only at great expense from a distance. Hence all the buildings of earlier ages were built of bricks. o we read of the Tower of Babel, that "they had bricks for stone."
The outsides of the buildings were covered with burnt or kiln-dried bricks to keep out the rain. More elaborate specimens of their pottery appear in articles for domestic uses, and especially in their coffins.
This type of dress, which in the British Museum is described as worn by “a Mythological Figure in attendance upon King Assur-nasir-pal”, ninth century B.C., might be dated about 1000 B.C., as following the usual custom of the ancients who dressed their sacred figures in the costume of some previous generation as a rule
King Assur-nasir-pal (ninth century B.C.)
This man, in hunting dress dates from ninth century B.C
This woman, a captive of Sennacherib who reigned in eighth and seventh centuries B.C., wears a long tunic
Queen of Assur-nasir-pal
Beards were curled and probably dyed and powdered, the powder, however, being gold. As a matter of fact, gold was employed in various ways as an enrichment to the hair.