Ivory plaque from Nimrud

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published on 30 January 2014

This ivory plaque depicts six Assyrian worshippers in procession in six vertical rectangles. Note the details of their dresses. The men are bare-chested and wear kilts while the women wear a full dress. Both wear an impressive belt. Four men and two women stand on what appears to be the Symbol of God Assure. The plaque was part of furniture inlay. A striking thing is the presence of "ND 7918", a non-Iraqi museum acquisition number. Mesopotamia, New Assyrian period, 911-612 BCE, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu).


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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