AN ASSYRIAN GYPSUM RELIEF OF A WINGED GENIUS
REIGN OF ASHURNASIRPAL II, CIRCA 883-859 B.C.
Depicting a bearded winged deity (Apkallu) in profile to the right, wearing a triple-horned cap and a fringed cloak over a fringed and tasseled tunic and sandals, together with a pendant earring, a necklace, an armlet on his right bicep with ram-head terminals, a rosette bracelet on his right wrist, a plain armlet and bracelet on his left, with two daggers and a horse-head whetstone in his waistband, borders of the cloak and tunic with incised details including a rosette, an animal, and a combat scene, holding a cone in his right hand with which he anoints the stylized sacred date palm before him, a situla in his left hand, with the Standard Inscription in a finely cut band of cuneiform across the center.
7 ft., 4 in. x 6 ft., 5 in. (223.5 cm. x 195.5 cm.)
The Northwest Palace, Nimrud, Iraq.
Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894), excavated 1840s.
Dr. Henri Byron Haskell (1830-1864), American missionary in Mosul, acquired from the above, 1859;
Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia, acquired from the above, 1859 – 2018. Sold at auction on October 31, 2018 for USD 30,968,750. #art #artofinstagram #artaddict #museumpiece #ancientart #sculpture #assyrianart #ancienne #artwillsaveyoursoul #basrelief #stonesculpture #artdaily #artdailydose #instaart #postoftheday #amazing #escultura #arte #luxurylifestyle #fantastic