Ivory Horse Frontlet from Nimrud

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 08 June 2019

This ivory piece is part of the so-called "equestrian bridle-harness ornaments". It represents the lower part of a hinged frontlet, virtually complete. Most of the hinges and much of the iron pin have survived. A figure of the Egyptian god Bes was carved and represented frontally. Traces of the overlying gold can be seen. The palmette has a reddish rosy color.

Excavated by the State Board of Antiquities in Iraq, 1974-1975 CE season. From Well AJ at the North-West Palace, Nimrud, Iraq. Neo-Assyrian period, 9th to 7th century BCE. On display at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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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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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, June 08). Ivory Horse Frontlet from Nimrud. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/10895/ivory-horse-frontlet-from-nimrud/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Ivory Horse Frontlet from Nimrud." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 08 Jun 2019. Web. 07 Feb 2023.