Assyrian Sword Sheath

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 September 2015

A close-up image of the lower end of an Assyrian sword's sheath.The sheath's end has been decorated with bodies of 2 roaring lionesses. The sword depicted on this alabaster bas-relief belongs to an Assyrian attendant and the feathers on the background belong to a human-headed and winged protective spirit. From the north-west palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II at 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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