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).


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)
A consultant neurologist and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia.

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