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ivory -- relief -- mythological creature -- sphinx? / griffin?


ivory -- relief -- combat -- male killing sphinx/griffin?


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  • bibliography and image source: Herrmann, Georgina: Ivories from Room SW 37 Fort Shalmaneser. Ivories from Nimrud IV. London: British School of Archaeology in Iraq, no. 81.
  • copyright for image:  British School of Archaeology in Iraq
• museum number: -


excavation number: ND9588


provenience: Nimrud (SW 37)

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 4.2; width: 2.6; thickness: 1.0

material: ivory

date: Neo Assyrian (ca. 800 BC)

description:
Part of the head and right shoulder of a male, who is facing left and striking with a sword or spear at a winged creature (sphinx? / griffin?), of which only arching wing-tips remain. Floral frieze above scene.

status: unknown




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:18:14
created: June 3, 2003
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