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Cow & Calf Ivory Motif from Nimrud


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 05 June 2019
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This is one of the finest examples of the so-called "cow-and-calf" motif and is the only known to date to have been carved in the distinctive style of the "Ornate Group". On the right, a cow stands and turns her head toward her suckling calf and licks his tail. The animals are set in a field of papyrus flowers and buds. Part of the Nimrud ivories excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq; the excavations were carried out from 1949-1963 CE. Neo-Assyrian period, 9th to 7th century BCE. From Room SW2 at Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud, Iraq. On display at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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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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