The Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology here at Mississippi State University has several copies of some ancient Assyrian art. Take for example this wall panel from the palace of Assurnasirpal II in Nimrud. It shows the king being blessed by two eagle-like attendants. Cuneifrom text is spread throughout the relief.
The reproduction was made by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and is on permanent loan to the museum here. With the real artifacts so valuable and fragile, these reproductions allow a wider audience to experience ancient wonders and get a glimpse of bygone times. It might not be the real thing, but these reproductions also tell a story.