Assyrian Soldiers with Nubian Prisoners

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 March 2018

This is a detail of a large gypsum wall panel. The panel depicts the Assyrian attack on a fortress at the Egyptian city of Memphis in 667 BCE. Here the Nubian soldiers of King Taharqa (of the 25th Dynasty) are being led, as prisoners, by the Assyrian soldiers of Ashurbanipal II. The heads of the Nubian soldiers are clearly recognizable by their scalp hair and facial features, as well as the presence of tall leathers on the heads of some of them. They wear short kilts and are bare-footed. They are hand-cuffed and their legs have ankle shackles (legcuffs). These details contrast with the exquisitely carved Assyrian military costume. Neo-Assyrian Period, 645-635 BCE. Panel 17, Room M of the North Palace at Nineveh, Northern 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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