Assyrian Protective Spirit



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Ashurnasirpal

The relief, carved on gypsum, guarded an entrance into the throne room of Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 BC) at his palace in Nimrud (ancient Kalhu, the Assyrian capital).

It was common to protect the entrances of buildings with images of supernatural creatures to ward of evil demons. This figure may be an apkallu.


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