Ancient Near Eastern

Winged Genius

Bituminous limestone , H 30 x W 41

Winged Genius

Assyrian, Nimrud, Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, 885–856 B.C.

Imposing relief sculpture, like this protective spirit from the walls of the palace of King Ashurnasirpal II, defined the classical style of the ancient Near East. His royal palace was decorated with carved and painted stone reliefs illustrating historical narratives of the might and invincibility of Assyria.

Museum purchase, Roscoe and Margaret Oakes Income Fund and the Walter H. and Phyllis J. Shorenstein Foundation Fund


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Relief of a Gift Bearer

Winged Genius

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