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Relief of Eagle-Headed Winged Figure Standing Between Two Sacred Trees

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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.
CULTURE Assyrian
MEDIUM Alabaster
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)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
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CAPTION Assyrian. Relief of Eagle-Headed Winged Figure Standing 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
IMAGE overall, 55.156_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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