Relief of an Eagle-Headed and Winged Human Figure Holding the Basket and Fircone
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
Ancient Assyrians believed that eagle-headed beings with human bodies, called apkall?, were endowed by the gods with extraordinary wisdom. Apkall? were thought to have helped build the great cities, and it was believed that they ensured the well-being of the cities’ inhabitants. Small, clay eagle-headed figurines have been discovered buried in the walls of Assyrian buildings, probably inserted to protect against evil.
ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
90 9/16 x 42 3/16 in. (230 x 107.2 cm) (show scale)
Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
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Assyrian. Relief of an Eagle-Headed and Winged Human Figure Holding the Basket and Fircone, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Alabaster, 90 9/16 x 42 3/16 in. (230 x 107.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.149. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.55.149_kev09.jpg)
installation, Kevorkian Gallery Installation (2009), CUR.55.149_kev09.jpg
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