Height: 5.500 cm
Excavated by Max
Purchased from the British School of Archaeology in Iraq
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.
C. Trümpler (ed.), Agatha Christie and archaeolog (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)