A Furniture Fixture from Sharrat Niphi Temple

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 October 2014

This limestone head of a woman was probably inlaid with colorless glass. There is a circular hole through the center of the head, by which it was probably mounted on a wooden shaft. The overall depiction of the woman's face is not fine; her face has a lifeless and frozen appearance which is more reflective of Syrian than Assyrian art. From the temple of Sharrat Niphi at 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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