Apkallu from the Temple of Ninurta

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 August 2017

This gypsum wall relief depicts an eagle-headed and winged man; this is a protective spirit or Apkallu. He holds a bucket and a cone, and wears an elaborate dress and accessories as well as sandals. Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 865-860 BCE. Panel 2, Room 2, the Temple of Ninurta at Nimrud (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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