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Yvonne Carroll
Yvonne Carroll • 1 year ago

Lower Mesopotamia, Iraq, Sphinx throne decoration from Nimrud, ivory

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One of the Nimrud ivories, 9th-7th century BC. Discovered in Nimrud (modern Iraq) and excavated by the British in the 1940s-60s. The British Museum acquired many of the carvings in 2011, when they were exhibited for the first time to the public.

Plaque with two kneeling youths supporting a ram-headed sphinx Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 9th–8th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) Culture: Assyrian Medium: Ivory

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