Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Nimrud Ivories

Here's a real beauty!

From BAR's website.  Description: 
British Institute of the Study of Iraq (formerly the British School of Archaeology in Iraq), the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, and Stuart Laidlaw

A Syrian court beauty decorated the 5-inch tip of a flask carved from parts of an elephant tusk. Her parted hair falls down her back in plaits and in ringlets down her cheeks. She wears a tall crown, a collar of three rows of beads and a necklace of discs. The spaces in the crown and necklace were originally inlaid.

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