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Assyrian Lamassu or Human-headed Winged Bull. Dur Sharukin, Assyria, 700 BC.... more
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Assyrian Lamassu or Human-headed Winged Bull. Dur Sharukin, Assyria, 700 BC. Vertical view of a Lamassu, or an Assyrian Human-headed Winged Bull. These creatures were protective genies known as Shedu or Lamassu. They were placed as guardians at gates or doorways of a city or palace. Symbols combining man, bull, and bird, they offered protection against enemies. When Sargon II founded his capital around 713 BC at Dur Sharrukin, present-day Khorsabad, he enclosed it within a great wall of unbaked brick pierced by seven gates. Protective genies were placed on either side of these entrances to act as guardians. These giants also had a strictly architectural function, as they bore some of the weight of the arch above. Carved from a single block, it stands more than 12 ft high by 12 ft wide and is 3 ft in depth. The head is sculpted complete, the rest of the body is carved in high relief, much prized in the time of Sargon II, when modeling became more marked. The head, the only human ele...
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