Statue of a Naked Woman from Nineveh

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 October 2014
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This limestone statue is the only discovered statue which depicts a completely naked woman. It is very likely that the statue represents an attendant of goddess Ishtar or Ishtar herself in her role as a goddess of love. The cuneiform inscriptions on the back of the statue mention that the Assyrian king ordered such statue to be erected for the enjoyment of people. From the Ishtar temple at Nineveh (modern Ninawa Governorate, Iraq), northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Middle Assyrian period, reign of king Ashur-bel-kala, 1073-1056 BCE. (The British Museum, London).

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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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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2014, October 13). Statue of a Naked Woman from Nineveh. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/3120/statue-of-a-naked-woman-from-nineveh/

Chicago Style

Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Statue of a Naked Woman from Nineveh." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 13, 2014. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/3120/statue-of-a-naked-woman-from-nineveh/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Statue of a Naked Woman from Nineveh." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 13 Oct 2014. Web. 25 Jul 2021.