Colossal Guardian Lion from Nimrud

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 17 October 2014

This giant statue was found at the temple of Ishtar, Sharrat-niphi, and guarded the entrance into this temple. The cuneiform inscriptions on the statue mention the name of Ashurnasirpal II as the temple's builder. This lion was one of a pair of lions which were found by Sir Henry Layard in 1850 CE; excavated by Iraqi archeologists in the year 2001 CE. From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Mesopotamia, Iraq. 865-860 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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