Nimrud Ivory of a Winged Sphinx

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 10 September 2016

Never seen by the public before 2011. A small fragment of an ivory plaque from Nimrud. A winged human-headed sphinx wears the double crown of Egypt. An apron hangs down on the chest with a projecting uraeus (rearing cobra) similar to those worn by Egyptian pharaohs. Phoenician art. 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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