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The Nimrud Dogs
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

The Nimrud Dogs

The Nimrud Dogs, five canine figurines found at the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nimrud, were only a few of the many startling finds in the region during the 19th century when expeditions were sent to corroborate biblical narratives through...
Alabaster Panel from the Central Palace of Tiglath Pileser III
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Alabaster Panel from the Central Palace of Tiglath Pileser III

This alabaster panel was part of the decorative scheme of the palace of King Tiglath Pileser III (reigned 745-727 BCE) at Kalhu. The king is shown in his chariot, while in another scene above Assyrian soldiers drive out prisoners and flocks...
Apkallu wearing a fish cloak
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Apkallu wearing a fish cloak

This protective spirit (Apkallu or Abkallu) guarded the entrance to the temple of Ninurta at Nimrud. A fish's head can be seen on Apkallu's head, and its skin hangs down over the back of Apkallu's body. Neo-Assyrian era, 865-860 BCE. From...
A Wall Relief from Tiglath-Pileser III's Palace
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A Wall Relief from Tiglath-Pileser III's Palace

A man holds a mace and a bow and a number of cows appear behind him. The name of the man is unknown. A fragment of a limestone wall relief from the palace of Tiglath-pileser III at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu; Biblical Calah). Neo-Assyrian era...
Bronze Dish from Nimrud
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Bronze Dish from Nimrud

This dish was found at the city of Nimrud (ancient Kalhu, Biblical Calah), modern Ninawa Governorate, Iraq. Neo-Assyrian era, 934-612 BCE. (The Sulaimaniya Museum, Iraq).
Ashurnasirpal II Wall Relief
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Ashurnasirpal II Wall Relief

Wall relief of Apkallu with standard inscription of Ashurnasirpal II from Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), c. 880 BCE.
Glazed Terracotta Tile from Nimrud
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Glazed Terracotta Tile from Nimrud

A close-up image of a colorful scene on a tile from Assyria which shows that the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II is accompanied by a bodyguard and attendants. This tile was probably part of a sequence showing the king as triumphant warrior...
The Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III
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The Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III

This obelisk was erected as a public monument in 825 BCE at a time of civil war. The relief sculptures glorify the achievements of King Shalmaneser III and his commander-in-chief . It lists their military campaigns of 31 years and the tribute...
Assyrian Doorway Protective Spirit
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Assyrian Doorway Protective Spirit

This protective spirit (one of a pair) in the guise of a royal figure with cloak and mantle, guarded the doorway into the Temple of Ninurta (chief god of the city of Nimrud and Assyrian god of war and farming) in Nimrud. The temple itself...
Phoenician Ivory Sphinx Plaque
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Phoenician Ivory Sphinx Plaque

This ivory plaque is part of the so-called "Nimrud Ivories." The sphinx wears the typical Egyptian Pharaohs' double crown and an apron with cobra. This indicates that the plaque was made by a Phoenician craftsman. From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu...
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