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Ivory Sphinx from Nimrud


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 08 June 2019
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This ivory plaque is virtually complete but burnt (partly black and partly grey). It depicts the bearded head and forequarters of a sphinx, advancing left with head turned outwards. This is one of the rare examples of the combination of Syrian, Phoenician and Assyrian styles. Excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. From Room T10 at Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud, Iraq. Neo-Assyrian period, 2nd half of the 8th century BCE. 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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