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Examples of Nimroud
These buildings were of enormous extent.
With an insignificant exception or two the remains of Assyrian buildings and sculptures all belong to the period of Assyrian greatness.
But very early in the history of the world, and as students of history believe, earlier than the call of Abraham, the interests of mankind had called into existence along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea an active and intelligent population which had engaged in commerce as a means of subsistence, and were carrying it on with such success as was possible in the then condition of the world of mankind.
And Romulus and Remus had not yet emerged from the sheep folds upon the Italian hills.
It is not much larger than a four-post bed, with transverse poles for drawing the curtains, all fringed with bells and fruit.
The hangings of the Tabernacle are so carefully described in the book of Exodus, that we can see in fancy the linen curtains, blue or white, embroidered in scarlet, purple, blue, and gold; the cherubim in the woven material; the fringes enriched with flowers, buds, fruit, and golden bells: and we can appreciate how little of Egyptian art and style the children of Israel brought back from their long captivity, and how soon they reverted to their ancient Chaldean proclivities, after returning to their wandering life of the tent.