Statue of a Minor Deity from Khorsabad

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 08 April 2019
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This statue of a minor deity (probably Ea, god of water and sea) stands and holds a vessel in his hands, from which water flows. It is one of a pair of statues which were found outside the entrance (in front of trees) to the Temple of Sin at Khorsabad (in modern-day Nineveh Governorate, Iraq). This statue was vandalized in April 2003 CE following the fall of Saddam's regime. They were probably not cult statues (because of their position outside the temple). In addition, the presence of a square block on their horned helmet suggests a supportive role; probably to put gold dishes during the New Year's festival. Reign of Sargon II, 722-705 BCE. They are on display in the heart of the Assyrian Gallery of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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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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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, April 08). Statue of a Minor Deity from Khorsabad. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/10399/statue-of-a-minor-deity-from-khorsabad/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Statue of a Minor Deity from Khorsabad." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 08 Apr 2019. Web. 14 Jun 2021.