Plaster Model of Human Head


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 01 April 2018
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This human head and its face were modeled in plaster and the mouth area was filled in completely. The eye sockets were inlaid with bivalve shells, divided into two halves. Many human bodies were found headless in tombs in Jericho area from the Neolithic period; these skulls were removed to be used for religious purposes, probably for rituals related to ancestors cult. Pre-pottery Neolithic B, 8200-7500 BCE. From Jericho, the West Bank, modern-day Palestinian Territory. (Jordan Archaeological Museum, Amman, Jordan).

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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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