Mohammed Ghani Hikmat

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The Victory Arch, Hikmat helped to design and finish after the death of the original sculptor, Adil Kamil.

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.[1] His best known works include the Victory Arch and two statues of Queen Scheherazade and King Shahryar, located on Aby Nuwas Street.[1] 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.[1]

Hikmut was born in 1929 in Baghdad's Kadumiya neighborhood.[1] 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.[1] Hikmut joined the Baghdad Group for Modern Art in 1953 and the Al-Zawiya Group (meaning The Corner) in 1967.

Mohammed Ghani Hikmat died in Amman, Jordan, where he was receiving medical treatment, on September 12, 2011, at the age of 82.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Schmidt, Michael S. (2011-09-21). "Mohammed Ghani Hikmat, Iraqi Sculptor, Dies at 82". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 

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