Face of a Colossal Figure from Nineveh

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 17 October 2014

This carved stone face probably belonged to a head of a sphinx. The Assyrian king Sennacherib ordered several colossal statues to be made in his new palace. Such giant statues were thought to have a supra-natural protective power. From the south-west palace at Nineveh (modern Ninawa Governorate, Iraq), northern Mesopotamia. 700-695 BCE. (The British Museum).



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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