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Relief of a Winged Man-Headed Figure Facing Left Holding the Fircone and Basket

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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.
CULTURE Assyrian
MEDIUM Alabaster
DATES ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
PERIOD Neo-Assyrian Period
DIMENSIONS 89 3/8 x 42 1/8 in. (227 x 107 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
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CAPTION Assyrian. Relief of a Winged Man-Headed Figure Facing Left Holding the Fircone and Basket, 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
IMAGE installation, Kevorkian Gallery Installation (2009), CUR.55.145_kev09.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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