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Relief sculpture of spirits venerating a sacred tree
Carved gypsum (alabaster)
Centimetres: 90 (height), 138 (width), 12 (depth)
c. 883-859 BC
Reign of Ashurnasirpal II, Neo-Assyrian period
Area of Origin: Nimrud, Northern Mesopotamia (Iraq)
Area of Use: Nimrud; Iraq; Asia
Wirth Gallery of the Middle East

Description: This wall relief is from the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 B.C.) at Nimrud, Iraq. It depicts two winged spirits performing a ceremony before the sacred tree. A cuneiform inscription lists the titles and attributes of Ashurnasirpal II.

Exhibit History: Wirth Gallery of the Middle East (ROM), 2008-. Sam and Ayala Zacks Gallery of Mesopotamia and Ancient Iran (ROM), 1993-2003.

Publications: Heinrich, Theodore Allen (1963) Art Treasures in the Royal Ontario Museum 19, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto "Art to 1500" (1972) Ontario Department of Education Correspondence Courses

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