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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
Originally these reliefs and all the others decorating the palace of King Ashur-nasir-pal II were brightly painted. When Austen Henry Layard discovered them in the 1840s, he reported extensive traces of black paint on the figures’ hair as well as white on their eyes and red on their feet. White paint was still visible on the eye of this genie as recently the 1970s, but it has since faded away.
MEDIUM Gypsum stone
DATES ca. 883–859 B.C.E.
PERIOD Neo-Assyrian Period
DIMENSIONS 90 9/16 x 42 1/4 in. (230 x 107.3 cm) Approximate weight: 1915 lb. (868.64kg)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Alabaster relief, standing, winged, man-headed figure holding small bucket in left hand, right hand raised with fingers outstretched, palm inward. Figure wears diadem and long earring and faces right. "Standard inscription" across center of relief. Condition: Slab broken in two through center. Upper left corner lost. Minor chips and gaps.
CAPTION Assyrian. Apkallu-figure, ca. 883–859 B.C.E. Gypsum stone, 90 9/16 x 42 1/4 in. (230 x 107.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.154. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.154_at_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, after treatment, 55.154_at_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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