Guardian Spirit from the Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

Guardian Spirit from the Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

Period: Neo-Assyrian
Date: ca. 880 BC
Excavated:Nimrud, Iraq
Medium: gypsum
Dimensions:
92 1/2 × 39 3/4 × 3 in. (235 × 101 × 7.6 cm)
Weight: 1500 lb. (680.4 kg)
Classification: ANCIENT
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Austen Henry Layard through Dwight W. Marsh, Class of 1842
Object number: 1851.1
Description(calcium sulfate dihydrate) identified by microchemical testing; bas-relief
Inscribed: Cuneiform script in Akkadian. So-called Standard Inscription
Terms
  • propaganda
  • cone (fruit)
  • cuneiform
  • buckets (vessels)
  • male figure
  • gods
  • spirit
  • apotropaic
  • Nimrud
On view
Exhibitions:Not Set in Stone: Architectural Fragments from the Collection
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud)