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An Exhibition of Ancient Mesopotamian Art

A Gathering of the Gods - the Power of Mesopotamian Religion

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Assyrian Female Winged Creature
Iran; Assyrian Period, circa 900 BC; height 2.2 inches

This beautifully formed mythological creature, made of tan frit, has a woman's head, the raised wings of an eagle, the forelegs of a lion, and the tail of a scorpion. The scorpion's tail bends around and attaches to the top of her crown forming a handle. She wears a double strand, bead necklace. Probably a protective genie, this shows the Iranian and Mesopotamian genius for taking positive attributes of different animals and humans to form a composite being combining the strengths of each.