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J02027

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number J02027
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white
Photographer Unknown
Place made Iraq: Babylon
Date made 6 March 1919
Physical description Black & white

Description

Informal portrait of 20555 Sapper Eric Keast Burke, `D' Troop, 1st Australian Wireless Signal Squadron, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force standing near the ruins of a lion standing over a prostrate man roughly carved in black basalt. The carving is said to represent Daniel in the lion's den but is thought to be more likely the triumph of Belteshazzar over the wandering Egyptian Army. The soldiers are visiting the ruins as part of a YMCA excusion.