Baghdad – (iina) Standing by shore of the Tigris River, on the Abu Nuwas Street, is the statue of Scheherazade and King Shahryar which represents a historical asset for Iraq. The statue is made by the artist Muhammad Ghani Hikmat in 1975, who created the most important sculptures around Baghdad. Scheherazade is an important character in the Middle-Eastern tales of One Thousand and One Nights.
The statue shows Scheherazade raising her hands in a gesture that suggests she is explaining something important to King Shahryar, who is sitting in front of her, leaning on his seat and listening with great attention. The height of the Scheherazade statue is more than 4 metres long while King Shahryar’s statue is 4 metres long and 3 metres high.