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Apkallu-figure Between Two Sacred Trees

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
Each genie depicted in the reliefs exhibited here carries two knives tucked in his garment and in some cases a whetstone for sharpening the blades as well. Knives of this type are known to have been used from as early as the twelfth century b.c. Their hilts were often inlaid with bone, ivory, bronze, or precious metal, and their scabbards were decorated with the heads of birds. The whetstones were also decorated with an animal head, often of a horse or a bull.
MEDIUM Gypsum stone, pigment
DATES ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
PERIOD Neo-Assyrian Period
DIMENSIONS 84 13/16 x 83 1/8 in. (215.5 x 211.2 cm) Approximate weight: 3430 lb. (1555.84kg)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Alabaster relief, winged, bird-headed genie between two incomplete, conventionalized date-palms, facing left, with right hand he pollinates a pate-palm, small bucket in left hand. "Standard inscription" incised across center of relief. Condition: Poor. Sawn through center. Right half of relief broken into three pieces. Areas missing along all breaks.
CAPTION Assyrian. Apkallu-figure Between Two Sacred Trees, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Gypsum stone, pigment, 84 13/16 x 83 1/8 in. (215.5 x 211.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.156. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.156_at_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, after treatment, 55.156_at_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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