A cult relief from Ashur

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published on 28 August 2014

This was part of a wall relief and was found inside a well within the courtyard of the temple of Ashur at the city of Ashur, the capital city of the Assyrians. The central part of the relief depicts a male deity. Two smaller water deities stand on either side of him. He holds two long branches, and two goats (standing on their hind legs) appear to eat from these branches. Probably this bearded deity represents the god Ashur, while the goddesses protect the plant and animal world in this city. Gypsum, from Ashur, northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. First half of the second millennium BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).


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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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