Assyrian Battle Scene

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 24 August 2016

An enemy horseman is ridden down by a pair of a armored cavalrymen in the Assyrian army. The hair style and shape of the beard suggests that these men are not Assyrians but foreign auxiliaries. A grim but authentic battlefield detail is the vulture to the left, carrying off human entrails. Assyrian, reign of Tiglath-pileser III, about 728 BCE. From the Central Palace at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Mesopotamia, Iraq; re-used later in the South-West Palace. (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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