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 have concluded), these objects had a cleansing effect as well.
- Culture: Assyrian
- Medium: Alabaster
- Place Made: Nimrud, Assyria (Iraq)
- Dates: ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
- Period: Neo-Assyrian Period
- Dimensions: 90 1/4 x 79 1/8 in. (229.2 x 201 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: 55.152
- 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 Right with Basket and Fircone, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Alabaster, 90 1/4 x 79 1/8 in. (229.2 x 201 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.152. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)