Ivory Figure of Syrian Man with an Ostrich & Goat, Nimrud

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 08 June 2019
Ivory Figure of Syrian Man with an Ostrich & Goat, Nimrud

This burned ivory figure, carved in the round, depicts a male figure carrying a goat on his shoulders and holding an ostrich by the neck. The depiction is very realistic; the beak of the ostrich is opened and the front wing is held upwards, giving the appearance of fluttering. The man's overall depiction (features, dress, and hairstyle) refers to a Mediterranean origin, probably Syrian, carrying a tribute. Excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq.

From Room NE2 at Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud, Iraq (a remarkable group of ivories was found in this room and is the only set from Nimrud carved in the round). Neo-Assyrian period, 9th to 7th century BCE. On display at the Iraq 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, June 08). Ivory Figure of Syrian Man with an Ostrich & Goat, Nimrud. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/10893/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Ivory Figure of Syrian Man with an Ostrich & Goat, Nimrud." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified June 08, 2019. https://www.ancient.eu/image/10893/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Ivory Figure of Syrian Man with an Ostrich & Goat, Nimrud." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 08 Jun 2019. Web. 22 Jul 2019.

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