Apkallu-figure with Armlets
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
Although the Brooklyn reliefs all depict the same theme—the king and his supernatural helpers performing religious ceremonies—the artists did show considerable variety in the selection of details. This genie wears a set of unusual armlets. They are adorned with the head of a mushkhushu, or “furious snake” demon. This demon may have been associated with Ashur, the chief god of the Assyrian pantheon.
Gypsum stone, pigment
ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
89 3/8 x 42 1/8 in. (227 x 107 cm)
Approximate weight: 1900 lb. (861.83kg) (show scale)
Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
Alabaster relief, standing figure facing right (originally with wings) human-headed and wearing rounded cap with triple horns; right hands raised with cone, left hand holds small bucket decorated with scene of fertilization of palm by two genii. "Standard inscription" incised across center.
Condition: Relief broken diagonally across center with small adjacent areas missing. Left edge cut through back of genie.
Assyrian. Apkallu-figure with Armlets, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Gypsum stone, pigment, 89 3/8 x 42 1/8 in. (227 x 107 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.145. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.145_at_PS11.jpg)
overall, after treatment, 55.145_at_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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