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The Moon and the Bull

March 7, 2000-December 31, 2000
Location: Neighboring Cultures Hall, Bronfman Archaeology Wing
Curator: Tallay Ornan
Very early on, the Sumerians in southern Mesopotamia noticed the connection between the full moon and the flooding of the rivers which supplied water to the fields. The moon god was therefore also regarding as a fertility god, and this fertility aspect was expressed through the image of the most powerful and virile member of the herd: the bull.