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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 08 April 2019

This male figure, distinguished from all kinds of staff, and recognizable by the pageboy's hairstyle and humble (or no) bearing, brings up the rear of a group of high-ranking Assryian officials or dignitaries. Those men have access to the sacred figure of the king and they always require an intermediary, as in all Assyrian tributary art. This man while scrutinizing his superior, so as not to miss even the slightest gesture, puts Sargon always in context and indicates towards the tribute bearers to come forward. This alabaster-bas relief is part of a long tributary scene, where the Assyrian king, Sargon II (not shown here), stands majestically, waiting to receive the tribute from Urartu (modern-day Armenia). From the Royal Palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad, in modern-day Nineveh Governorate, Iraq. Circa 710 BCE. On display at Room X of the Iraqi Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, April 08). Assyrian Master of Ceremonies. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Assyrian Master of Ceremonies." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 08, 2019.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Assyrian Master of Ceremonies." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 08 Apr 2019. Web. 24 Apr 2019.

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