Glazed Terracotta Tile from Nimrud

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 October 2014

A close-up image of a colorful scene on a tile from Assyria which shows that the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II is accompanied by a bodyguard and attendants. This tile was probably part of a sequence showing the king as triumphant warrior and hunter. It is thought that most Assyrian palaces and major buildings had such paintwork and decorative elements, at least in the reception rooms.
From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Neo-Assyrian period, 875-850 BCE. (The British Museum, London).



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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