Assyrian Armlet

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 September 2015

A close-up view of the right arm of a human-headed and winged protective spirit, Apkallu (or Sage). There is an armlet which embraces the right biceps muscle. The armlet's ends are sheep-headed. Note the decorations on the lower end of the dress; there is a goat! This is part of a large alabaster bas-relief which depicts an Apkallu carrying a goat. From the north-west palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II at the city of Nimrud (ancient Kalhu; Biblical Calah). From Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Neo-Assyrian period, 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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