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Carved Ivory with an Egyptianizing Scene, Nimrud


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 05 June 2019
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This cylinder was fragmented into two or three main parts when it was found, although it was carved from one large tusk. The scene depicts an unidentified Egyptian pharaoh wearing the blue crown (khepresh; with a uraeus at the front) of Egypt and an inlaid "usekh" collar. His right hand is raised behind him holding a feather while the left arm grasps a bow and three arrows on the head of a kneeling boy. Behind the Pharaoh, a man stands, holding a staff in his left hand.

This art is part of the "Classical Phoenician style-group". Part of the Nimrud ivories; excavated by the State Board of Antiquities in Iraq in 1975 CE. Neo-Assyrian period, 9th to 7th century BCE. From Well AJ at the North-West Palace, Nimrud, Iraq. On display at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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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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