Assyrian Protective Spirit, Nimrud

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 28 August 2017

This alabaster bas-relief depicts a standing human-headed genie or sage; this is Apkallu, a protective spirit which protects the Assyrian king as well as the palace and its inhabitants against evil demons. He wears a diadem with a rosette (instead of a horned helmet) and has two pairs of wings. The left hand holds a bucket. Neo-Assyrian Period, 9th century BCE. From the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud, Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany)



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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