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The Bronze Head of the Akkadian Period From Nineveh

  • M. E. L. Mallowan


The life-size bronze head illustrated on Plates V–VII was found by Dr. R. Campbell Thompson and Mr. R. W. Hamilton at Quyunjiq in 1931 (during the excavations at Nineveh on behalf of the British Museum which were financed by Sir Charles Hyde, Bt.) and published in A.A.A., vol. XIX, pl. L. Since that time, however, the corroded surface of the metal has been cleaned, and the head appears once more in its pristine beauty.

The metal has not yet been analysed, but it would appear to be bronze, and the head to have been cast, certain details having doubtless been worked out with a chisel. On grounds of style the workmanship may be assigned to the Akkadian period, and may be dated approximately to the twenty-sixth century B.C.



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page 103 note 1 I am greatly indebted to Dr. R. Campbell Thompson for encouraging me to publish this account of his discovery. Readers should refer to his original account in A.A.A. XIX, the source of much valuable information which forms the basis for this article.

page 108 note 1 Zervos, Op. cit. 212.

page 108 note 2 Contenau, G., Monuments mésopotamiens nouvellement acquis ou peu connus, Musée du Louvre, 1934 , pl. I.

page 109 note 1 Zervos, op. cit. 243.

page 110 note 1 Thompson, R. Campbell, A.A.A. XIX. 105 .


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