Ivory Back Rest From Nimrud

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 07 September 2016

The 6 ivory panels, set within a plane framework, would originally have been mounted on the concave inner surface of a curved wooden support. By analogy with a similar curved back rest from Salamis in Cyprus, it seems likely that this piece belonged to a couch. The 4 inner panels depict warriors standing below winged discs, each holding a bucket in one hand and the fruit of a lotus tree in the other. The outer panels show stylized palmette trees. From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. 8th century 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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