Bare-headed Apkallu with Four Wings

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 28 August 2017

This fragmented alabaster bas-relief depicts an Assyrian Apkallu, a protective spirit or genie. The striking features are that he is bare-headed (he does not wear a horned helmet or diadem) and his four wings, all of them, appear en face. He holds a small goat (or deer) and a flowering branch. Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 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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