Iraq, Nimrud, Assyrian, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 9th Century BC / Winged Genie Pollinating Date Palm / 883-859 BCIraq, Nimrud, Assyrian, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 9th Century BC
Winged Genie Pollinating Date Palm
883-859 BC

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Assyrian
Creator Name-CRT: Iraq, Nimrud, Assyrian, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 9th Century BC
Title: Winged Genie Pollinating Date Palm
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -88
Creation End Date: -85
Creation Date: 883-859 BC
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-stone
Materials and Techniques: alabaster
Dimensions: Overall: 248.8cm x 154.9cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1943.246
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund

The ancient empire of Assyria, along the Tigris River, alternately fought and allied itself with its neighbors in Babylon, Urartu, and Luristan. Assyria's gods, however, such as the winged genie pollinating the date palm, came mostly from the Babylonian religion. In the Judeo-Christian Bible, the Assyrians are pictured as wanton oppressors; and the cuneiform inscription on this relief from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud down not dispute that image. It says that large numbers of prisoner-slaves were made to lay the foundation and build this vast palace from huge blocks of stone and to trim it with all types of wood--from cedar to ebony to yew. Originally this relief was brightly painted.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1943.246
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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