Ivory Head of a Lion from Nimrud

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 10 October 2014

This piece of ivory is part of the so-called "Nimrud Ivories." These ivories decorated chariots, high status furniture, and horse trappings. They were covered with thin gold-leaf or ornamented with semi-precious stones. It is thought these ivories were made by Phonetician craftsmen; the overall Egyptian style on scene depictions is very striking. From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Neo-Assyrian period, 911-612 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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