This statue is a reproduction of one of a pair of guardian figures set up in the palace of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) at the Assyrian capital of Nimrud (ancient Kalhu). These figures were known to the Assyrians as lamassu. They combined the body of a lion, the swiftness of birds (indicated by the wings), and the intelligence of the human head. They were designed to protect the palace from demonic forces, and may even have guarded the entrance to the private apartments of the king.
Though the original is now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this magnificent creature can stand watch over your living room, study, or office! Made from cast stone with an ivory-colored finish, statue measures 10 inches high, 8.25 inches long, and 2.75 inches deep. Indoor use only.
- Reproduction statue of a guardian lamassu
- Cast stone with ivory-colored finish
- Measures 10 x 8.25 x 2.75 inches
- Weighs about 7.5 lbs.
- Indoor use only
This statue replicates the aesthetics of ancient artifacts and one-of-a-kind museum pieces. Any cracks, discoloration, and other surface details are in keeping with the aged look of the piece.