Assyrian Soldiers Holding Decapitated Heads of Nubian Soldiers

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. They wear short kilts and are bare-footed. They are hand-cuffed. On the right, two Assyrian soldiers hold decapitated heads of defeated Nubians; one soldier holds two heads while the other one holds one head with his right hand and a sword with his left hand. At the left upper part, an Assyrian soldier tries to undermine the wall of the fortress. Part of an Egyptian civil prisoner appears on the extreme right. 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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