Google recreates ancient artefact Lion of Mosul

In the latest news, Google has recreated a demolished, ancient statue by means of 3D printing.

The Lion of Mosul, a precious artefact came to life more than 2000 years ago in Mesopotamia, which roughly stretches over to today’s regions of Iraq, Kuwait, the eastern parts of Syria, Turkey etc. Ancient kings had placed colossal figures of lion behind temple doors and gates of the age old city. The colossal lion figure was placed in Iraq, at the entrance of the Temple of Ishtar in Iraq’s Nimrud.

Destroyed by the Islamic State Group, the Lion of Mosul was permanently erased from the historic culture of the region. However, in a first, Google Arts & Culture has brought the lion back to life using crowd-sourced pictures and 3D printing.

Regarded as the Assyrian guardian, the Mosul was also associated with royalty in old times. Thanks to Google, the priced figure will also be available to the public at the Imperial War Museum, London, from July 5.

The colossal statue of the lion is already available online. Artefacts aficionados can study the intricate, ancient detailed work on the figure through the zoom-in feature. The latest project of Google is part of the Museum’s Culture Under Attack season. As part of the project, the programme studies the repercussions of war on culture around the world.

Google Arts and Culture provides art connoisseurs an excellent platform to discover history, culture and art, in addition to the wonders of the world. Some of its work also covers Mandela’s prison cell as well as Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings. Moreover, Google allows online viewers a practical experience, the project has put 1800 artefacts online for viewers.

“It’s been heart-breaking to see the destruction of so many unique artefacts and archaeological sites in recent years, however, Culture Under Attack highlights the potential of technology – both in terms of digitally preserving culture and telling these amazing stories in engaging new ways,” says Chance Coughenour, preservation lead at Google Arts & Culture.

The project draws attention to the lost and forgotten artefacts exemplary to the region’s culture. It also calls for ways for technology and culture to unite to recreate cultural heritage.