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Apkallu-figure Wearing Fancy Bracelets

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
The figures in the reliefs from King Ashur-nair-pal II’s palace, including the king himself, are sometimes depicted with wrist- and headbands decorated with rosettes. When worn by genies, rosettes may identify them as personal attendants of the king. The rosette may have been associated with the worship of the goddess Ishtar, since numerous rosettes have been found in her temple in the Assyrian city of Ashur.
MEDIUM Gypsum stone
DATES ca. 883–859 B.C.E.
PERIOD Neo-Assyrian Period
DIMENSIONS 91 x 74 5/8 in. (231.2 x 189.5 cm) Approximate weight: 3360 lb. (1524.09kg)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Alabaster relief, standing man-headed, winged figure (genie) facing left and holding small bucket in left hand; right arm raised with hand open, palm frontal. "Standard Inscription" incised across lower center of relief, plain background. Condition: Upper left corner and part of right hand missing. Scattered minor chips.
CAPTION Assyrian. Apkallu-figure Wearing Fancy Bracelets, ca. 883–859 B.C.E. Gypsum stone, 91 x 74 5/8 in. (231.2 x 189.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.153. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.153_at_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, after treatment, 55.153_at_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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