Head of an Ammonite God from Amman Citadel


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 20 February 2019
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Male head carved of yellowish limestone with traces of ochre paint and crowned in the Egyptian "atef" style. He has Western Asiatic lineament, such as the beard, straight mustache, big eyes, and long neck. The nose is broken. While the right pupil is clearly marked, the left one has worn away. The Egyptian atef crown designated gods as well as kings in Ammonite sculptures. This is probably a representation of the original atef crown bearer, the Egyptian god Osiris, who retains his upswept outlined Egyptian eyes; however, he is given a local Western Asiatic hair. The cult of Isis and Osiris was very popular in Jordan and gained more followers during the Classical periods. Iron Age, II, 8th century BCE. From Amman Citadel, Amman, Jordan. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).

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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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