Relief of Two Small Winged Man-Headed Figures Kneeling on Each Side of a Sacred Tree
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.
- Culture: Assyrian
- Medium: Alabaster
- Place Made: Nimrud, Assyria (Iraq)
- Dates: ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
- Period: Neo-Assyrian Period
- Dimensions: 89 11/16 x 79 15/16 in. (227.8 x 203 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: 55.146
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Assyrian. Relief of Two Small Winged Man-Headed Figures Kneeling on Each Side of a 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
- Catalogue Description: 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.
- Record Completeness: Good (69%)