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Apkallu-figure and King Ashur-nasir-pal II

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
We can distinguish Ashur-nasir-pal II from his protective genies by the king’s unique crown. The basic design is a low tapering cap resembling a modern Turkish fez; it represents the ruler as chief official of the kingdom. The spike projecting from the top symbolizes the king as warrior, and the broad sash wrapped around the crown reflects his elevated status in Assyrian society. Here the king is shown holding a bowl and a hunter’s bow. The bowl was used for offering libations; the bow and bowl together may refer to a hunting ritual. Archaeological excavations throughout the ancient Near East have revealed numerous examples of real bowls of this type in copper, bronze, silver, and gold.
MEDIUM Gypsum stone, pigment
DATES ca. 883–859 B.C.E.
PERIOD Neo-Assyrian Period
DIMENSIONS 91 1/8 x 83 3/8 in. (231.5 x 211.8 cm) Approximate weight: 3780 lb. (1714.6kg)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Alabaster relief, at left King Ashur-nasir-pal II facing left and supporting bow with his left hand; with right hand he balances a bowl on his finger-tips. Behind the king, a winged human-headed genie wearing a diadem, right hand raised with palm frontal, bucket in left hand. "Standard Inscription" incised across center of relief. Condition: Broken diagonally across upper right corner. Minor breaks along the left edge.
CAPTION Assyrian. Apkallu-figure and King Ashur-nasir-pal II, ca. 883–859 B.C.E. Gypsum stone, pigment, 91 1/8 x 83 3/8 in. (231.5 x 211.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.155. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.155_at_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, after treatment, 55.155_at_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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