Head of a Tribute Bearer from Khorsabad


published on 10 October 2014

This alabaster bas-relief shows a head of a bearded man. The fragment was part of a larger relief which depicts a procession of tribute bearers. The man's turban and his hair style and beard suggest that the man came from the western part of the Assyrian empire, probably from modern-day Syrian coast or Turkey. From the palace of king Sargon II at Dur-Sharrukin (modern-day Khorsabad, Ninawa Governorate, Iraq), northern Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian period, 710-705 BCE. (The British Museum, London).

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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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