Human-headed and Winged Apkallu from Nimrud

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 29 August 2017

This is an alabaster bas-relief depicting a standing human-headed and winged sage or genie; this is Apkallu, a protective spirit. He wears a horned helmet, elaborate dress, and marvellous accessories. Neo-Assyrian Period, 9th century BCE. From the North-West Palace at Nimrud, Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich, Germany)



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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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