Ancient Persian. Bronze ring with a small square center piece with a profile of a king. 200 BC (Size 9)
Face Inlay of the Pharaon Akhenaten
Egypt, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty XVIII, about 1353-1336 BC
Collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Assyrian Bronze Bucket with Anthropomorphic Winged Bulls, Circa 800-600 BC
The gently incurving sides decorated with three pairs of confronting stylized rearing winged bulls, with anthropomorphic heads and animal horns, with horizontal bands across the chest, the outstretched wings with incised feather detail, the tails curved in-between the two hind legs, with flowers in the field and a band of incised lattice patterning above and below, the handle attachments styled as characteristic T-shaped birds with rivets through the wings and tail and a suspension loop above for the high arching handle with incised spiral decoration towards the hooked terminals.
To the ancient Assyrians human-headed winged bulls represented the spiritual guardians “Sheedu Lamassu” translated as the “Repellent of Evil”. The figure represented the might of Assyria in that it is endowed with intelligence, strength of a bull and the ability of an eagle in flight.