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STATUE OF A WINGED LION

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Product Code:MR10105

Dimensions and Weight

Length x Width x Height = 371 CM x CM x 350 CM
Weight: 20 KG, Packaging: 5 KG
$3,762.50

We will deliver an Actual Size Replica in Resin of this sculpture titled:"STATUE OF A WINGED LION" originally from The British Museum, London,UK

Replica Details:

Colossal statue of a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

This is one of a pair of guardian figures that flanked one of the entrances into the throne room of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC). Stone mythological guardians, sculpted in relief or in the round, were often placed at gateways to ancient Mesopotamian palaces, to protect them from demonic forces. They were known to the Assyrians as lamassu. This winged lion has five legs so that when viewed from the front it is standing firm, and when viewed from the side it appears to be striding forward against any evil. It wears ropes like other protective spirits. Between the legs is inscribed the 'Standard Inscription' of Ashurnasirpal which is repeated over many of his reliefs. It records the king's titles, ancestry and achievements.

This colossal figure was excavated by Austen Henry Layard who worked in Assyria between 1845 and 1851. He suggested that these composite creatures embodied the strength of the lion, the swiftness of birds indicated by the wings, and the intelligence of the human head. The helmet with horns indicates the creature's divinity.

In art, lamassu were depicted as hybrids, either winged bulls or lions with the head of a human male. The motif of a winged animal with a human head is common to the Near East, first recorded in Ebla around 3000 BCE. The first distinct lamassu motif appeared in Assyria during the reign of Tiglath-Pileser[disambiguation needed]as a symbol of power.[9][10] The Assyrians typically prominently placed lamassu at the entrances of cities and palaces. From the front they appear to stand, and from the side, walk. Notable representations include those at the Gate of All Nations at Persepolis in Iran, the British Museum in London, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Oriental Institute, Chicago. A winged bull with the head of a bearded man appears on the logo of the United States Forces - Iraq.

The Lammasu or Lumasi represent the zodiacs, parent-stars, or constellations. They are depicted as protective deities because they encompass all life within them. In the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh they are depicted as physical deities as well, which is where the Lammasu iconography originates, these deities could be microcosms of their microcosmic zodiac, parent-star, or constellation. Although "lamassu" had a different iconography and portrayal in Sumerian culture, the terms lamassu, alad, and shedu evolved throughout the Assyro-Akkadian culture from the Sumerian culture to denote the Assyrian-winged-man-bull symbol and statues during the Neo-Assyrian empire. Female lamassus were called "apsasû". The motif of the Assyrian-winged-man-bull called Aladlammu and Lamassu interchangeably is not the lamassu or alad of Sumerian origin which were depicted with different iconography.[clarification needed] These monumental statues were called aladlammû or lamassu which meant "protective spirit".[clarification needed] In Hittite the Sumerian form dLAMMA is used both a name for the so-called "Tutelary deity" identified in certain later texts with Inara and a title given to similar protective gods. In the Enûma Eliš they are both symbolized as the zodiacs, parent-stars, or constellations and as physical deities as well as was in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Sculptor:Unknown 
Period: About 883-859 BC
Material: Our Replica is in Resin (Actual Sculpture in the Museum is in stone)
Source Location: Colossal statue of a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II


Actual Physical Dimensions of the Sculpture in the Museum (Our Replica is in Actual size): Height: 350cm x Length: 371cm

Delivery Time: Casted On Order and takes 2 months to Deliver
Medium: Resin & Fibre Glass Contact us for other Medium requirement
Care Instructions: Basic cleaning with soft cloth. It can be washed occasionally without detergent
Shipping Charges: Charges depends on the location of delivery
Shipping Info: Well packed and shipped with Insurance
Additional Features: If any other Color or texture is required, please contact us

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