Norris Chamber Doors

Hildreth Meière

The Norris Chamber Doors by Hildreth Meière

About this piece

The Norris Chamber doors feature Middle-Eastern iconography, but the overall theme is the tree of life. A man and a woman stand on either side of the tree facing inward. The man holds a spade while the female holds a jar. Above the tree is a winged sun disk, a symbol common in ancient Middle-Eastern mythology.

The man is likely the Babylonian god, Marduk, who is symbolized by the spade. The female is likely his wife, Sarpanatu (sometimes called Nanaya), the fertility goddess.

The Norris Chamber houses Nebraska’s Unicameral.

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