Kneeling and Standing Apkallu-figures Fertilize the Sacred Tree
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
Assyrian artists favored symmetrical compositions, the exact correspondence of figures on opposite sides of a real or imaginary dividing line. On both the upper and lower registers of this slab, winged genies strike similar poses on either side of a sacred tree, forming near-mirror images of each other. These scenes were repeated along the walls of the room where the relief once stood.
ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
89 11/16 x 79 15/16 in. (227.8 x 203 cm)
Approximate weight: 4060 lb. (1841.6kg) (show scale)
Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
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Assyrian. Kneeling and Standing Apkallu-figures Fertilize the Sacred Tree, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Alabaster, 89 11/16 x 79 15/16 in. (227.8 x 203 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.146. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.146_PS11.jpg)
overall, 55.146_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2020
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Alabaster relief with two registers of decoration separated by "standard inscription." Upper register, two winged, human-headed genie wearing horned caps, kneeling and fertilizing a miniature sacred palm; to the left, another conventionalized palm. Lower register, two standing, winged and bird-headed genie, each with cone and bucket fertilizing a sacred palm; to the left another sacred palm tree.
Condition: Cut through center. Both sections now broken into even smaller pieces. Various small gaps, particularly along breaks.
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