Egyptian sphinx in ivory imported from Phoenicians, details, artefact from Nimrud, Iraq Title: De Agostini Picture Library / A. de Gregorio Credit: Egyptian sphinx in ivory imported from the Phoenicians, details. Artefact from Nimrud, Iraq. Assyrian civilisation, 8th Century BC. Artwork-location: Bagdad, National Iraq Museum (Archaeological Museum)
One of the Nimrud ivories, 9th-7th century BC. Discovered in Nimrud (modern Iraq) and excavated by the British in the 1940s-60s. The British Museum acquired many of the carvings in 2011, when they were exhibited for the first time to the public.