The Hand of Ishtar (Inanna)


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 24 January 2014
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A hand of the Goddess Ishtar (Inanna). This is a decorative element of architecture which was used in temples and palaces. It is inscribed with cuneiform inscriptions and was found in the palace of Ashurnasirpal II to commemorate the new foundation of God Ninurta's temple at Nimrud, the Assyrian capital. Reign of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BCE), Nimrud, Mesopotamia, Sulaimaniya Museum, 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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Amin, O. S. M. (2014, January 24). The Hand of Ishtar (Inanna). Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama S. M. "The Hand of Ishtar (Inanna)." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 24, 2014.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "The Hand of Ishtar (Inanna)." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 24 Jan 2014. Web. 24 Nov 2020.

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