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Lamassu Bookend Mixed Bull and Lion
Sku :  AS57
This set of decorative Assyrian Winged Lion and Bull bookends are a great example of Mesopotamian art, and features complementary views of majestic hybrid animals associated with Assyrian leadership. These figures were known to the Assyrians as lamassu (lamassi, plural). They combined the strength of the bull, the swiftness of birds indicated by the wings, and the intelligence of the human head. They were designed to protect the palace from demonic forces, and may even have guarded the entrance to the private apartments of the king. The figure has five legs, so that when viewed from the front it stands firm, while when viewed from the side it appears to be striding forward to combat evil. The horned cap attests to their divinity, and the belt signifies their power. The Standard Inscription of Ashurnasirpal, common to many of his reliefs, is inscribed between the figure's legs. It records the King's titles, ancestry and achievements. Our reproductions of the Assyrian Winged Lion and Bull are lovely as a sculpture on their own or as decorative bookends in a pair. The sculpted details are marvelous.

Width: 3"
Length: 9"
Height: 10"

Weight: 12 lb

Regular Price  $75.00
Member Price $67.5

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