Ancient Sculpture Gallery

Mesopotamian Assyrian God Relief PLAQUE

Made of cast stone and hand-finished in antique finish

Finish: Antique Stone

Dimensions: 18"(45 cm) High x 12.5"W x 0.5"D

Weight: 9 lbs (4.1 kg)

Item No. 2001

Period: Assyrian Mesopotamian Babylonian Persian

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Mesopotamian Assyrian God Relief PLAQUE
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Mesopotamian Assyrian God Art Sculpture Relief - Reproduction of Original from Nimrud, 865 B.C., Based on an ancient artifact housed at the British Museum, London. This relief, carved on gypsum, guarded an entrance into the throne room of King Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 B.C.) at his palace in Nimrud, the Assyrian capital. The tradition of protecting the entrances of buildings using magic was very old in Mesopotamia. Images of protective deities would be buried under oorways or set up at the entrances of palaces and temples. Their supposed magical strength would frighten away malevolent demons. The figure of a man with wings shown here is known as an "Apkallu" spirit. The significance of the deer and branch which the figure carries is unknown. Across the body runs the so called "standard inscription" of Ashurnasirpal which records some of the King's titles and achievements and is repeated on many of his stone reliefs.


Made of cast stone. Cast stone is a type of gypsum cement whose properties are much different from plaster of paris which is what most sculpture shops use. Unlike plaster, which is soft, light and weak, cast stone is hard, heavy and strong. Cast stone feels like, and is heavy like a real stone would be, which can be experienced as soon you try to lift it.


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