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Nimrud Ivory Piece with Gold Overlay


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 10 September 2016
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Never seen by the public before 2011. A small fragment of an ivory plaque from Nimrud. It shows what appears to the right side of the head and neck, as well as right ear of a a figure. The golden overlay is still intact. Neo-Assyrian Period, 9th to 8th centuries BCE. From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (The British Museum, London).

New acquisition by the British Museum in 2011, made possible by generous support from donors including the British Museum Friends, the Art Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund. These ivories were excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, now the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI), between 1949 and 1963, by Sir Max Mallowan.

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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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