Silk Road Collection
West Asia

Human Head

  • West Asia
  • Mesopotamia
  • from the 9th to 8th centuries BC
  • The Neo-Assyrian Empire
  • ivory
  • 23.0cm in height

Despite obvious cracks, it vividly conveys the dignity of the ancient Assyrian emperors who dominated Asia. The curls of hair and beard and the patterns of head ornaments and the edges of the skirts are carefully carved. It seems to be part of the furniture in the palace. The other part below the shoulder is lost due to separate production.