Statue of an Ammonite King


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 18 February 2019
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The statue is carved of hard grey stone. Both hands of this male figure are clenched. He wears an Egyptian style "atef" crown and a shawl over a garment in the Aramaic-Syrian tradition. Both legs stand on a pedestal of the same of stone type; the base has no inscriptions. The formal pose, crown, and dress indicate that this figure is either a king or a god; the unmarked pupils on this statue perhaps suggest the sleep of death of a deified king. Iron Age II, around mi-8th century BCE. From Amman Citadel, 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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