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Assyrian Sculpture Winged human-headed lions and reliefs from the Northwest Palace of King Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud lead to a statue of the king and to a replica of the huge bronze gates of his son Shalmaneser III from the palace at Balawat, to the original bronze bands of these gates and to a smaller set of Ashurnasirpal gates, also from Balawat. Opposite are stelae and statues from four generations of Assyrian kings: Ashurnasirpal II, Shalmaneser III, Shamshi-Adad V and Adad-Nirari III; the famous Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, the White Obelisk (about 1050 BC?), Ashurnasirpal II's gigantic lion from the entrance to the Ishtar Temple and reliefs from the Temple of Ninurta, and reliefs of Tiglath-pileser III; almost all come from Nimrud.

Mesopotamian Collection

Ashunasirpal II This sculpture presents an image of Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II as a dignified monarch, far removed from the

Dur Sharroukin c. hand finished green and brown. His mythical exploits survive for us in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Made from resin.75”W x 3”L.5”H x 3”W. His authority is signified by the mace he holds in his left hand.rough and tumble daily life of a culture at war. a historical king of Uruk in Babylonia (modern Iraq). 10.4342. in his attempt to understand his surroundings and find meaning in human existence. a 3. antiqued finish. 700 BC. $111 . the land of No Return. Reproduction is made from resin. The finest example of this sculpture (877-860 BC) stood in respectful but confident anticipation of divine favor in the shrine of Ishtar at Nimrud. in which its hero undertakes a voyage to the netherworld.000-line epic poem. 13 lbs. 16”H x 8. who lived around 2700 BC. 3528 $39 Gilgamesh Hero from Uruk This self-standing relief illustrates Gilgamesh. now in the Louvre Museum. is almost 14 feet high and came from the throne room of the palace of Sargon. The original.

irrigation. $145 $120 Babylonian King Hammurabi Hammurabi was the greatest ruler in the first Babylonian dynasty. and measures 16”H x 8”W x 9”L. 2300-2200) have been handled with an assurance that bespeaks true mastery. $195 . agriculture. The original sculpture (Iraq Museum. tax collection. The complex techniques of casting on this sculptured head of the Akkadian Ruler Sargon (c. and the erection of many temples and other buildings. made from cold cast resin. their ruler Sargon was the first of many Mesopotamian rulers to openly call himself king and proclaim his ambition to rule the entire earth. 4230. Throughout his long reign he personally supervised navigation. bronze finish. 1792-1750 BC. 4515s. This large and magnificant bust is made from bonded resin with a sandstone finish. Bagdad) has one eye damaged in antiquity most probably by another Mesopotamian culture in triumph over Sargon. Gallery quality. This sculpture here preserves the bust prior to this ancient damage.Sargon Bust of Akkad When the Akkadians overthrew the Sumerian culture. 13”H.

C. dishwasher safe. As Seleucid authority began to weaken In the later 200s B. hence its common name. found in Hamadan. 5714.C. Another theory suggests that it formed the soundbox of a musical instrument.95 Persian Lion Rhyton Drinking Vessel Sumptuous golden drinking cup from the Achaemenian period. challenged the dynasty and by the mid-100s B.Standard of Ur Sumerian Ceramic Mug from British Museum The Standard of Ur is a mysterious object with one of the earliest representations of a Sumerian army (From Ur. imagined that it was carried on a pole as a standard. Stylistic features suggest that this rhyton was made in northwest Iran in the period from 50 B. 10"H x 8"L x 4"D. but the floral motifs were drawn from Seleucid art..D.. to A. black base. whose kingdom stretched from Turkey to Afghanistan.C. This complicated political history left its legacy in the art of the area." and depictions of rhyta on Greek vases show that they were used to aerate wine. 50.C. $16. Bone China Mug. from the steppes of south central Asia. Wine poured into the top of the vessel came out of a spout between the animal's legs. The term rhyton comes from the Greek verb meaning " to run through. had firm control of this area of Iran. a group of semi-nomadic people called the Parthians. ruled this area. $97 . Ornamented with a stylized winged lion. the excavator at Ur. Made from museum resin a gold finish. lying in the corner of a chamber above the right shoulder of a man. the Hellenistic Greek Seleucid dynasty. The decorative detail on the original piece is adapted her for a handsome desk mug for your favority history lover! Licensed from British Museum. After his death in 323 B. southern Iraq. Leonard Woolley. This region had been part of the Achaemenid Persian Empire until Alexander the Great's conquest. This origianl object was found in one of the largest graves in the Royal Cemetery at Ur. 6121. Its original function is not yet understood. Rhyta of this form had a long history in earlier art of Iran. about 2600-2400 BC).

There are dozens of these colossal statues in existance with a very fine collection at the Louvre Museum in Paris.Winged Guardian Bookends Assyrian Human-Headed Winged Lion This smaller version of the Lamassu is modeled after an original in the collection of the British Museum. 3530 $57 Assyrian Winged Bull Statue This Assyrian Winged Bull Statues feature complementary views of majestic hybrid animals associated with Assyrian leadership. Made from compound stone. 3531 $57 .25”H x 9”W. 16 foot sculptures like these flanked the entryway to noble king's Assyrian palace. the body of a lion-ancient symbol of fertility (some versions use a bull’s body)--and an eagle’s wings. The sculpture combines elements of the noblest animals beginning with the head of a man. The sculptures combine elements of the noblest animals beginning with the head of a man. limestone finish. the body of a lion or bull (ancient symbol of fertility) and an eagle's wings. 10.

5"W. $210 . reins and bit. Ashurbanipal. the body of a lion or bull (ancient symbol of fertility) and an eagle's wings. The sculptures combine elements of the noblest animals beginning with the head of a man. by a bridle consisting of headstall. $99 Assyrian Ashurbanipal Horse Horses were used in Assyria both for riding and pulling chariots. It measures 16"H x 16"L x 5. both ridden and draught horses were controlled in essentially the same way. that is. primarily for military purposes but also for hunting. 16 foot sculptures like these flanked the entryway to noble king's Assyrian palace. 668-631 BC.Assyrian Winged Lion and Bull Statue Set This Assyrian Winged Lion and Bull Statues feature complementary views of majestic hybrid animals associated with Assyrian leadership. 4476. 3529. improved riding techniques which allowed soldiers to control their own mounts while at the same time using bows and spears. This dynamic reproduction is made after the original from Nineveh. There are dozens of these colossal statues in existance with a very fine collection at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Made in resin with a bronze finish. In Assyrian times.

4536.) Made from resin. measures 9”H x 12”L x 6”W.C.Lion of Babylon The lion of Babylon was the symbol of the city of Babylon of Mesopotamia which was ruled by the Chaldean Kingdom (625-538 B. $70 .