Assyrian Lahmu

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 23 August 2017

This gypsum wall relief depicts a Lahmu; a human figure representing a minor deity. This Lahmu, holding a long and bladed lance guards gates. He has a striking long curly beard and hair. He is bare-footed and wears a short kilt with tassels. Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sennacherib, 700-692 BCE. Found at the entrance of Court VI, the South-West Palace at Nineveh (Kouyunjik), Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (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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