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Dancing Girls & Young Men on Cippus


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 29 October 2019
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Square-shaped cippi were found inside burial chambers and carried an egg-shaped top, possibly as a symbol of life and fertility. The scenes depicted in bas-reliefs are connected with cult of the dead and burial, as are here the dances are in honor of the deceased. Limestone (pietra fetida). From Chiusi, Italy. Circa 500 BCE. Acquired from Collection Mazzetti (19th century). It is on display at the Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany.

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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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