The Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud is the earliest of the surviving royal residences of Assyrian kings, lavishly decorated with monumental gateway figures and reliefs. This relief reproduces a detail of one of the seven-foot-high stone slabs that lined the wall of many of the rooms were carved with elaborate narrative, mythological and ritual scenes in low relief.
- High quality resin - Measures: 1 inch W x 8.25 inches L x 5.5 inches H - Box measures: 7 inches x 9 inches x 2 inches - Item #: AS730
One of the most recurrent and potent images on these reliefs is the depiction of a magic purification or protective ritual, in which winged griffin-demons or winged anthropomorphic deities, holding ritual buckets and pine-cone shaped objects, flank a "Sacred Tree" that they sprinkle with holy water or pollen. The deities, marked as divine by their wings and horned helmets, are conceived in the image of the monarch, reflecting his facial features, stance and physical strength. Their exaggerated musculature and tightly curled hair and beards suggest something of the king's power and virility.