Protective spirit or Apkallu


This gypsum wall relief depicts an eagle-headed and winged man; this is a protective spirit or Apkallu. He holds a bucket and a cone, and wears an elaborate dress and accessories as well as sandals. Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 865-860 BCE. Panel 2, Room 2, the Temple of Ninurta at Nimrud (Kalhu), Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (The British Museum, London)

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