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Lamassu from Assyria, ca. 883-859 BC. From the MET

"Guarding the gate to Sargon’s palace were colossal limestone monsters, which the Assyrians probably called lamassu. These winged, man-headed bulls served to ward off the king’s enemies. The task of moving and installing these immense stone sculptures was so daunting that several reliefs in the palace of Sargon’s successor celebrate the feat, showing scores of men dragging lamassu figures with the aid of ropes and sledges.”

- Fred S. Kleiner, Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Global History

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    The Lamassu represented “The Storm God” and “Bringer of Rains”, an essential part of fertility and agriculture during...
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    I love it when the artifacts from our earliest civilizations are perfectly preserved.
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