Mohammed Ghani Hikmat
Mohammad Ghani Hikmat, (1929 – September 12, 2011) (Arabic, محمد غني حكمت) was an Iraqi sculptor and artist credited with creating some of Baghdad's highest profile sculptures and monuments. His best known works include the Victory Arch and two statues of Queen Scheherazade and King Shahryar, located on Aby Nuwas Street. Hikmat also spearheaded the recovery of art looted from the National Museum of Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and fall of Saddam Hussein.
Hikmut was born in 1929 in Baghdad's Kadumiya neighborhood. He graduated from the Fine Arts Institute in Baghdad in 1953, before completing his studies in 1957 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy. Hikmut joined the Baghdad Group for Modern Art in 1953 and the Al-Zawiya Group (meaning The Corner) in 1967.
- Schmidt, Michael S. (2011-09-21). "Mohammed Ghani Hikmat, Iraqi Sculptor, Dies at 82". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-28.