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Relief of a winged genius

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Winged genius (human-apkallu, antediluvian sage) facing left, holding a bucket and cone, fertilizing the "sacred tree." "Standard Inscription" of Ashurnasirpal II across center of slab.

Provenance

From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu, biblical Calah), Northwest Palace. By 1850s: excavated by Sir Henry Layard, obtained from Layard or Sir Henry Rawlinson by Reverend W. F. Williams on behalf of Reverend Sylvester D. Storrs; 1860, presented by Storrs to the Andover-Newton Theological School; 1935: purchased by the MFA from the Andover-Newton Theological School for $10,000. References: rev. Saleh Merrill, "Assyrian and Babylonian Monuments in America," Bibliotheca Sacra 32, p. 325, cited by Ardelia B. Hall, "The Ancient Near East: A New Gallery," BMFA 34, p. 10.

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 883–859 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Findspot

Nimrud (ancient Kalhu, biblical Calah), Iraq

Dimensions

Height x width: 221.7 x 176.3 cm (87 5/16 x 69 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

35.731

Medium or Technique

Gypsum

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief