Nubian With Animals and Skins

Ivory Statuette of a Nubian

This ivory Phoenician style statuette of a Nubian with an oryx, monkey and leopard skins is from the 7th - 8th century BC. It was excavated at the site of ancient Kalhu (Nimrud) Assyria.

MET Excerpt

Nubian with oryx, monkey, and leopard skins, 8th-7th century B.C.; Neo-Assyrian period; Phoenician style

Excavated at Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Mesopotamia
Ivory; H. 5.3 in. (13.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1960 (60.145.11)


"Phoenician ivory carvers were strongly influenced by the themes and style of Egyptian art owing to traditionally close ties between the two cultures. Some Phoenician ivories illustrate purely Egyptian themes, but many use Egyptian motifs in entirely original compositions. Phoenician-style ivories were used primarily as furniture decoration. Some are solid plaques, while others are carved on one or both sides in a delicate openwork technique. Many originally were covered by gold leaf and inlaid with semiprecious stones or colored glass. Such rich combinations of ivory, gold, and brightly colored stones made the thrones of the Assyrian kings famous for their exquisite beauty. Most ivories carved in the Phoenician style were probably produced during the late eighth and seventh centuries B.C.

This Nubian tribute bearer exhibits traits of the Phoenician style, characterized by the slender, elongated form of the bearer and his animal gifts, the precision of carving and intricacy of detail, and the distinct Egyptian flavor of both pose and feature" - MET

Exodus 33:2 - And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:

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The Art of Ancient Egypt, Revised by Robins, 272 Pages, Pub. 2008