Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
Ancient Assyrians believed that eagle-headed beings with human bodies, called apkallū, were endowed by the gods with extraordinary wisdom. Apkallū were thought to have helped build the great cities, and it was believed that they ensured the well-being of the cities’ inhabitants. Small, clay eagle-headed figurines have been discovered buried in the walls of Assyrian buildings, probably inserted to protect against evil.
ca. 883-859 B.C.E.
90 9/16 x 42 3/16 in. (230 x 107.2 cm)
Approximate weight: 1950 lb. (884.51kg) (show scale)
Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation
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Assyrian. Apkallu-figure, ca. 883-859 B.C.E. Alabaster, 90 9/16 x 42 3/16 in. (230 x 107.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian Foundation, 55.149. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 55.149_bw_SL1.jpg)
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