– 400 C.E.
Ancient Cultures

Lamassu from the citadel of Sargon II

Lamassu (winged human-headed bulls possibly lamassu or shedu) from the citadel of Sargon II, Dur Sharrukin (now Khorsabad, Iraq), Neo-Assyrian, c. 720-705 B.C.E., gypseous alabaster, 4.20 x 4.36 x 0.97 m, excavated by P.-E. Botta 1843-44 (Musée du Louvre)

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caroline hightower wrote on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

great to have these online - better to have someone next to them re scale (they're huge) and some discussion of wings - as precursers of angels, or? Anyway, thanks.

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