Human-Headed Genie 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.
ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
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Assyrian. Human-Headed Genie with Armlets, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Alabaster, 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, CUR.55.145_kev09.jpg)
installation, Kevorkian Gallery Installation (2009), CUR.55.145_kev09.jpg
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