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Tribute Bearers Before Ashurnasirpal II
Imageby Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Tribute Bearers Before Ashurnasirpal II

This alabaster bas-relief was placed on the facade of the throne room. It depicts 2 men as tribute bearers. The one of the left wears a turban of a kind worn in the north-west Syrian territories; he raises his hands in token of submission...
Stela of King Shamshi-Adad V
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Stela of King Shamshi-Adad V

This stela was erected in the capital city of Kalhu (modern Nimrud) by the Assyrian king Shamshi-Adad V (reigned 824-811 BCE). It depicts the king, before the symbols of his principal gods. He extends his right hand, with the forefinger outstretched...
Statue of Ashurnasirpal II
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Statue of Ashurnasirpal II

Neo-Assyrian, 883-859 BC From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), northern Iraq A rare example of an Assyrian statue in the round This statue of King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) was placed in the Temple of Ishtar Sharrat-niphi. It was designed...
Lamassu from Ashurnasirpal II Palace
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Lamassu from Ashurnasirpal II Palace

This is a pair of guardian figures (winged human-headed lions) that flanked one of the entrances into the throne room of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BCE). Stone mythological guardians, sculpted in relief or in the round, were often placed at...
Head of Lamassu from Ashurnasirpal II palace
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Head of Lamassu from Ashurnasirpal II palace

A close-up view of a winged human-headed lion, Lamassu, that flanked one of the entrances into the throne room of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BCE). Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), north-west palace, room B, door a, panel 2. Neo-Assyrian era, 883-859...
Winning Against the Odds: Sargon II & the Urartu Campaign
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Winning Against the Odds: Sargon II & the Urartu Campaign

It is often when one is faced with the most difficult circumstances that one is given the greatest opportunity for clarity. History provides ample evidence of this experience in showing how, when faced with seemingly impossible situations...
Gula
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Gula

Gula (also known as Ninkarrak) is the Babylonian goddess of healing and patroness of doctors, healing arts, and medical practices. She is first attested to in the Ur III Period (2047-1750 BCE) where she is referenced as a great goddess of...
The Mesopotamian Pantheon
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

The Mesopotamian Pantheon

The gods of the Mesopotamian region were not uniform in name, power, provenance or status in the hierarchy. Mesopotamian culture varied from region to region and, because of this, Marduk should not be regarded as King of the Gods in the same...
Nineveh
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Nineveh

Nineveh (modern-day Mosul, Iraq) was one of the oldest and greatest cities in antiquity. It was originally known as Ninua, a trade center, and would become one of the largest and most affluent cities in antiquity. It was regarded highly by...
Assyrian Bracelet
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Assyrian Bracelet

A close-up image of a rosette-type bracelet. This is part of a large alabaster bas-relief which depicts an eagle-headed and winged protective spirit, Apkallu or Sage. The rosette lies at the ventral surface of the left wrist of the protective...
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