May 10, 2010

Saluting Protective Spirit

Saluting Protective Spirit

883–859 BC


Overall: 229.9 x 137 cm (90 1/2 x 53 15/16 in.)

Weight: 300 lbs./panel; 900 lbs. overall

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1943.246

Find spot: palace of Ashur-nasirapal II in Calah (Nimrud)

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The details of his garments are painstakingly rendered; he wears a long fringed cloak with tassels over a shorter kilt and an under tunic.


Striding forward with muscular arms and legs, this winged deity offers a gesture of salutation along with symbols of agricultural bounty. Inscribed with an account of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II's military conquests and victories, this relief once stood alongside hundreds of similar ones that decorated the palace at Nimrud.


Supernatural Guardian
Conservation of the Relief
Protective Spirit
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