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Relief of Winged Man-Headed Figure Facing Right with Basket and Fircone

In Assyrian art the basket and cone almost always appear in the hands of supernatural creatures rather than humans, suggesting that these objects may have served a magical purpose. Assyrian texts refer to the basket and cone carried by the genies in many of these reliefs as a "bucket" and "purifier." This terminology may indicate that in addition to serving to pollinate the sacred tree as scholars conclude, those objects had a cleansing effect as well.


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