Three Nereids


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 13 May 2016
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The 3 figures are sea nymphs, daughters of the sea god Nereus, riding over the waves on sea creatures. They are thought to have escorted the soul of the deceased on its journey to the afterlife. A sea bird is visible under the feet of the nymph to the far right and partially preserved dolphins support the others. Their dramatic, wind-blown drapery, is clinging and is almost transparent, wet with sea spray. They were originally placed between the columns of the tomb. From the Nereid Monument, Xanthos, modern-day Fethiye in Mugla Province, Turkey. Circa 390-380 BCE. (The British Museum, London)

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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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