Nimrud Ivory Plaque of an Egyptian Sphinx

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 10 September 2016

A winged human-headed sphinx wears the double crown of Egypt. An apron hangs down on the chest with a projecting uraeus (rearing cobra) similar to those worn by Egyptian pharaohs. A striking Phoenician style. Excavated by Sir Max Mallowan. Purchased from the British School of Archeology in Iraq; acquisition date 1961. Neo-Assyrian Period, 9th to 8th centuries BCE. From Fort Shalmaneser at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (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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