If anything at all deserves the appellation “antique”, it is a relic from Sumer. The following pictures are from some of the most magical rooms at the Louvre, and that’s saying something. Sumer and its cities have always fascinated me and it was with something bordering on the reverence for the divine that I took in the figures, tools, and tablets on display. Unlike most people, the names of places like Ur and Lagash, of deities like Ea and Enki and Inanna, of princes like Lugalbanda were not strangers to me. To look at the actual likeness of a man I had only read about, from a distance of a few millennia was an experience I will take to my deathbed.