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.
ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
84 13/16 x 83 1/8 in. (215.5 x 211.2 cm)
Approximate weight: 3430 lb. (1555.84kg) (show scale)
Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
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Assyrian. Apkallu-figure Between Two Sacred Trees, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Alabaster, 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_PS11.jpg)
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