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A: Nineveh Governorate, Iraq

A Pulley Depicted in a Bas-Relief from Nimrud, Assyria

Circa 800 BCE
<p>The pully is visible in the upper right quadrant of the image.</p>

The pully is visible in the upper right quadrant of the image.

In Nineveh and its Remains: with an Account of a Visit to tile Chaldaean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or Devil-worshippers; and an Inquiry into the Manners and Arts of the Ancient Assyrians (2 vols., 1848–1849) British archaeologist Austen Henry Layard illustrated on Vol. II, p. 32 a bas-relief "originally in the most ancient palace of Nimroud," showing a bucket that appeared to be attached to a rope passing over a pulley, revolving on an iron or wooden pin, and "precisely similar in form to those now in common use."

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