Decorative Plaque: Man; and Griffin in Combat

Decorative Plaque: Man; and Griffin in Combat

900-800 BC

Ivory

Overall: 6.5 x 3.9 cm (2 9/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1968.45

Description

This small plaque was executed in the Phoenician style with symmetrical compositions, elongated figural proportions, and Egyptian subjects and motifs. Examples have been found throughout the Middle East, but thousands come from Nimrud where most were excavated in the storerooms of a military arsenal built by King Shalmaneser II (858-824 bc). When the Nimrud palace was sacked in the 7th century bc, these ivories were thrown into a well, where Sir Max Mallowan (the husband of Agatha Christie) discovered them in 1951. The monumental wall relief (1943.246) was found at the same Assyrian palace at Nimrud.

See also
Collection: 
Near Eastern Art
Type of artwork: 
Ivory
Medium: 
Ivory

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