Assyrian Apkallu Holding a Deer

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 August 2017

A human-headed and winged Apkallu, holding a deer in his right arm. The left hand carries a palm branch. The animal is a Persian fallow deer (of the species Dama Mesopotamica). This deer still lives in Northern and North-Eastern parts of Iraqi Kurdistan (in the area between Iraq, Iran, and Turkey, where the heartland of the Assyrian Empire is very close). The Apkallu wears a kilt and a fringed rope containing many tassels. He is bare-footed. Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 865-860 BCE. Panel 30 (right half), Room B of the North-West Palace at Nimrud (Kalhu), Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. This room’s door leads to the Royal Throne Room. (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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