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Assyrian Art: winged spirit kneeling to the right 

Reign of Ashur-nasir-pal II (883-859 bC)

Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco

Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco

This relief adorned one of the two entrances to Room I in the Northwest Palace at Nimrud. It portrays a winged spirit who is wearing the multiple-horned tiara that symbolized divinity. In his left hand he holds a small lustral bucket; in his right, he must have held a pinecone-shaped asperger. The work must have been the upper register of a large panel; according to reconstructions, the lower frieze was the Vatican Museums’ relief of an eagle-headed winged spirit (VAT/14990).

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  • Title: Assyrian Art: winged spirit kneeling to the right 
  • Date: Reign of Ashur-nasir-pal II (883-859 bC)
  • Titolo originale: Arte assira: genio alato inginocchiato verso destra
  • Type: Bas-Relief
  • Rights: Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
  • Medium: Alabastrine limestone

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