Relief of Winged Man-Headed Figure Facing Left
The most common scene on the reliefs from the palace of King Ashur-nasir-pal II shows winged genies caring for a sacred tree. Usually the genies hold a basket and a mysterious object resembling a pinecone. Scholars generally agree that this scene represents a pollination ritual in which the female flowers were fertilized with male seed. It is likely that visitors to the palace understood that not only were the winged genies caring for the tree, but they, along with their master the king, were also receiving its magical power.
- Culture: Assyrian
- Medium: Alabaster
- Place Made: Nimrud, Assyria (Iraq)
- Dates: ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
- Period: Neo-Assyrian Period
- Dimensions: 90 1/2 x 78 15/16 in. (229.8 x 200.5 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: 55.151
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Assyrian. Relief of Winged Man-Headed Figure Facing Left, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Alabaster, 90 1/2 x 78 15/16 in. (229.8 x 200.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.151. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (79%)