A Sampler of Ancient Assyrian Art at the British Museum

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Glazed terracotta tile. Nimrud. 875-850 BCE

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Protective spirit. Northwest Palace at Nimrud. 865 BCE

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Human headed winged lion, formerly flanking a doorway in the Northwest Palace at Nimrud. Time of Ashurnasirpal I, 865 BCE

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The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, showing scenes of tribute bearers from many lands. 858-824 BCE

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Gates from Shalmaneser III’s palace at Balawat. Embossed bronze strips over wood (reconstructed). 858-824 BCE.

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Winged human headed spirits. Northwest Palace at Nimrud. These may have guarded the entrance to the King’s private apartments. 865 BCE.

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Horses & grooms leaving Sennacherib’s palace at Nineveh, 700 BCE

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Protective spirits, Nineveh, 645-635 BCE. These figures are not fighting but are protecting against any evil that might approach from two directions.

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