Ashurnasirpal II in a Ritual Scene

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 01 September 2017

This alabaster bas-relief was donated by Sir James Young (a pioneer in Gynecology and Obstetrics and former president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh) to the Society of Antiquities in Scotland in 1865 CE.

The panel depicts the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II as a bearded high priest holding a cup as part of a ritual scene. He faces a court official or attendant. Some of his military campaigns are mentioned in the "Standard Inscription", which runs horizontally across the middle part of the panel. Neo-Assyrian Period, 9th century BCE. From the North-West Palace at Nimrud, Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh)



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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