Bronze Head of Hypnos

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 12 May 2016

The personifications Hypnos (sleep) and Thanatos (death) were either considered the sons or nurslings of Nyx (Night). This head is one of many versions of the same original. Hypnos appears with Thanatos on Classical vases, especially, lekythoi, but is rare in sculpture until the late Classical/Hellenistic periods. From Civitella d'Arna near Perugia. Roman copy of a Greek original of about 325-275 BCE.



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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