Melpomene from Raqmu-Petra


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 18 February 2019
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Melpomene was one of the nine Greek muses and patron of tragedy. She is depicted here holding a mask of Pan or a satyr, instead of the tragic mask usually associated with her. This relief is one of a group of architectural sculptures that were discovered near the temenos gate of the temple of Qasr al-Bint in Raqmu-Petra, which probably decorated an earlier structure at the location. Nabataean, first half of the 1st century CE. From Raqmu-Petra, Jordan. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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