Ivory head of a lion

Assyrian, 900-700 BC
From Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud, southern Iraq

This ivory lion's head probably comes from a piece of furniture. The back is flat with a mortice for attachment, possibly to the front of a throne or corner of a table. It was found at Fort Shalmaneser, which consisted of a palace, storerooms and arsenal for the Assyrian army.

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C. Trümpler (ed.), Agatha Christie and archaeolog (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)


Height: 5.500 cm

Museum number

ME 134320


Excavated by Max Mallowan
Purchased from the British School of Archaeology in Iraq


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