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Son of Nineveh by JoelChaimHoltzman Son of Nineveh by JoelChaimHoltzman

Hi everyone!

Here is the promised new painting, finished a few weeks ago. It's an historical setting around ancient Assyria, where the king shows his son his heritage; Armies, slaves and the capital of Assyria, Nineveh,

The image is painted in a dreamy/mythical sequence, to enhance the boy's fantasy of his inheritance.

Lemme know what you think,

Best!

JCH

www.joelchaimholtzman.com

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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Nice collection of slaves.
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JurassicPark89 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018
Utterly fantastic! Grandiose vision, and the show of inheritance scene works so well. Such weight and might and glory. Great use of lammasus in the architecture.
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you again! I appreciate the lengthy comment :-D
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seraphonfire Featured By Owner Edited Sep 28, 2018
Really amazing artwork! It's like a glimpse into the past! Assyrian law was very similar to Sumerian and Babylonian law, although the penalties for offenses were generally more brutal. The Assyrians are now modern day Syria and Babylon modern day Iraq.
Ninevah is located in modern-day northern Iraq. Hammurabi's code and Sharia Law could arguably have both come from the Assyrians and Babylonians. Hand for a hand and eye for an eye.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_…

Punishments such as the cropping of ears and noses was common.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineveh

A reflection seen in modern day Islam.
Portrait of Aisha, 18, who was sentenced by a Taliban commander
content.time.com/time/covers/0…

The Greek Historian Herodotus wrote about some of the laws within Babylon/Assyria a reflection in modern day Islam.

According to Herodotus, the rites performed at these temples included sexual intercourse, or what scholars later called sacred sexual rites:

The foulest Babylonian custom is that which compels every woman of the land to sit in the temple of Aphrodite and have intercourse with some stranger at least once in her life. Many women who are rich and proud and disdain to mingle with the rest, drive to the temple in covered carriages drawn by teams, and stand there with a great retinue of attendants. But most sit down in the sacred plot of Aphrodite, with crowns of cord on their heads; there is a great multitude of women coming and going; passages marked by line run every way through the crowd, by which the men pass and make their choice. Once a woman has taken her place there, she does not go away to her home before some stranger has cast money into her lap, and had intercourse with her outside the temple; but while he casts the money, he must say, "I invite you in the name of Mylitta". It does not matter what sum the money is; the woman will never refuse, for that would be a sin, the money being by this act made sacred. So she follows the first man who casts it and rejects no one. After their intercourse, having discharged her sacred duty to the goddess, she goes away to her home; and thereafter there is no bribe however great that will get her. So then the women that are fair and tall are soon free to depart, but the uncomely have long to wait because they cannot fulfil the law; for some of them remain for three years, or four. There is a custom like this in some parts of Cyprus.

Also according to the Greek Historian Herodotus, the ancient Arabians believed in only two gods: They believe in no other gods except Dionysus and the Heavenly Aphrodite; and they say that they wear their hair as Dionysus does his, cutting it round the head and shaving the temples. They call Dionysus, Orotalt; and Aphrodite, Alilat.

Al-Lat's primary idol is a cubic stone. Al Ouza and Al Lat (The Ouza and the Lat) were considered the Daughters of God and were prayed for. Treasures that once adorned her shrine include gold and onyx. Similarly seen in the Kaaba Stone at Mecca.

Although Herodotus wasn't totally accurate, at Mecca there were 360 idols of gods and goddesses before Muhammad.

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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Thank you got your time to adding this! A lot of people are going to appreciate this!!!
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seraphonfire Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2018
Very welcome and thanks for creating it! It's amazing. I do love history. It's a shame that ISIS is destroying so much history. One professor tried to preserve these relics, but ISIS beheaded him in public for false diety worship. Which is weird considering it's the Arabs Babylonian ancestors at 2500 BC Sumeria that are the ones who started Polytheism, long before the Greeks were even a thought! It's in a good documentary called Civilizations on Netflix. What's left of their Iraq's Ziggurats of Ur to the goddess Al-lat (goddess) (the female version of Allah or god)was bombed by the U.S. in the Iraq war. Sadam thought he would use them as ancient protection from the US. NOPE!
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ticklishlittlekitty Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Assyria???
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yes
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ticklishlittlekitty Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
It seems that the so many hours i've spend in "Civilization V" actually helped somewhere! =p
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
ha! historical games for the win :-) great game!
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ticklishlittlekitty Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
It is!
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KanaGo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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Raistlin82 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018
Beautiful.
I wish there was more fiction and/or art on that part of history.
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seraphonfire Featured By Owner Edited Sep 28, 2018
I do too!

There is a ton of history on it and hardly a good deal of worthy art. The  Ninevites are Iraqi's, so much of the artwork, structures and ziggurats were bombed to death in the Iraqi war.

A lot of people think Nineveh is mythical. It's sitting right in the same spot it always has, just hardly a former empire like this photo.

The arabs do have a lot of artwork though. I tried to paint one like this depicting the Book of Jonah and Nineveh as the wicked city worthy of destruction. I just don't do so hot with backgrounds. :P
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
ha! Thank you! agreed!
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ArvidHjorth Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
icredible, cudos to you
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!!
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BenRG Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018
"One day, my son, all this will be yours!"

*Backstab*

Actually happened a lot IRL!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
The youth was impatient since day 1, haha
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abpeter1989 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Interface Designer
Embarrassed by abpeter1989  nice painting
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!!
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toedeledoki Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018
Incredible! You brought such life to what previously were only half remembered pieces of lectures in history class long ago. High time for a refresher course! Masterfully painted :)
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!! those are usualy the more interesting setting!
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toedeledoki Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018
They sure are! And welcome :D
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RafaelionTM Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
nice
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
cheers!
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timff8 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018
I IMMEDIATELY hear Dan Carlin when I look at this. 
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ha! DC is the guy in the room!
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YasminRenata Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Student Digital Artist
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
;-)
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FishyTree Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful! I've always had a certain fascination with Nineveh and the Assyrian Empire. Hell, in my own SciFi universe, the central stage is the "Terran Dreadnought Nineveh."  She's even shaped like Nineveh's city walls. Anyway, I love this. 
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, you have a good taste for your IP!
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FishyTree Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I try :)
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schnarre Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018
...Good rendering of Nineveh! :)
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
hehe cheers!
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ByakuFubuki Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  New Deviant
Reminds me of The Lion King in the beginning, when Mufasa tells Simba all he sees will someday be his own.

I like this concept of making it dreamy, and the Lamassu in particular are really cool, they look like they will really come to life whenever needed (which was kind of the point of building them in the first place. Or maybe it was for the invaders to believe so, I don't quite remember).
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I did not think about it that way! Thats a stunning explanation, especially the Lion King Part. Thank you for that!
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ByakuFubuki Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  New Deviant
You're welcome. Actually, thanks to you for the compliment.

Even though it feels kind of weird to see the artist themselves thanking me for explaining their own artpiece.
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
haha weird = good, there was a second guy who said the same thing. Since its such an iconic scene i take it as a great compliment
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018
nice work
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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marianagarza Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018
What a great painting! God bless you!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! you too :-)
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marianagarza Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018
:)
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Guilty-10-Games Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018
Niiiiiice!!!!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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mauriciolealjr Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018
Amazing!!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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