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The giant statues of winged bulls with human heads are said to protect the ancient city of Ashur located on the Tigris River in northern Mesopotamia (now Qal'at Sherqat). They appear on the walls of the many place gates in the city where the buildings are richly decorated with reliefs, paintings and color-glazed tiles.

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  • Title: Ashur (Qal`at Sherqat)
  • Creator: Johenng Tan
  • Date: 2008
  • Physical Location: Tottori City, Japan
  • Provenance: THE SAND MUSEUM
  • Type: Sand Sculpture
  • External Link: http://www.sand-museum.jp/
  • 作品解説 / Object Note (Japanese): アッシリア王国が現在のコルサバードに新設した都の宮殿を守る巨大獣。都に立ち並ぶ宮殿の門には人面有翼の雄牛像が立ち、建物は浮彫、壁画、彩釉煉瓦などで豪華に飾られていた。
  • 作品タイトル / Object Title (Japanese): 人頭有翼の雄牛像

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