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Saluting Protective Spirit

883–859 BCE
Overall: 229.9 x 137 cm (90 1/2 x 53 15/16 in.)
Weight: 300 lbs./panel; 900 lbs. overall
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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.

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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.
Saluting Protective Spirit

Saluting Protective Spirit

883–859 BCE

Neo-Assyrian (911–609 BCE), Iraq, Nimrud, Northwest Palace, reign of Ashurnasirpal II (883–859 BCE)

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