Nimrud (Neo-Assyrian period), northwest palace of King Ashurnasirpal II : Alabaster relief of King Ashurnasirpal II with an eagle-headed genius worshipping the sacred tree, reign of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC)

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Strommenger, Eva

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Part of a larger composition in which king portrayed twice. His gestures indicate adoration. He wears the tall cylindrical hat terminating in a cone characteristic of Neo-Assyrian kings. The ruler is followed by a bird-genius carrying a flower and a bucket, who in other compositions is often shown on his own flanking the tree to pollinate it. A long historical inscription enumerating the king's glorious deeds is written straight across the middle of slab. -- h : 2.18 m (British Museum).

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Larsa Dynasty, Assyria, Babylon, sculpture, stone, book scan

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This image is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the Archives Program, Australian National University.

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