The Mysterious Apkallu Flower Bracelet
A close-up image of a rosette-type bracelet. This is part of a large alabaster bas-relief which depicts an eagle-headed and winged protective spirit, Apkallu or Sage. The rosette lies at the ventral surface of the left wrist of the protective spirit. This rosette is very commonly seen in the Assyrian art and is a symbol of good luck and protection. The "standard inscription" of Ashurnasirpal II runs horizontally across the relief. From room G, panel d1, the north-west palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu; Biblical Calah). From Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Neo-Assyrian period, 865-860 BCE. The British Museum, London.