Assyrian Protective Spirit

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by Mark Cartwright
published on 11 January 2012
This protective spirit (one of a pair)in the guise of a royal figure with cloak and mantle, guarded the doorway into the Temple of Ninurta (chief god of the city of Nimrud and Assyrian god of war and farming) in Nimrud. The temple itself was built by King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BCE). British Museum, London.

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