Relief of an Eagle-Headed and Winged Human Figure Holding the Basket and Fircone
Ancient Assyrians believed that eagle-headed beings with human bodies, called apkall?, were endowed by the gods with extraordinary wisdom. Apkall? were thought to have helped build the great cities, and it was believed that they ensured the well-being of the cities’ inhabitants. Small, clay eagle-headed figurines have been discovered buried in the walls of Assyrian buildings, probably inserted to protect against evil.
- Culture: Assyrian
- Medium: Alabaster
- Place Made: Nimrud, Assyria (Iraq)
- Dates: ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
- Period: Neo-Assyrian Period
- Dimensions: 90 9/16 x 42 3/16 in. (230 x 107.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 55.149
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Assyrian. Relief of an Eagle-Headed and Winged Human Figure Holding the Basket and Fircone, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Alabaster, 90 9/16 x 42 3/16 in. (230 x 107.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.149. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (79%)