Human-headed winged bulls were protective genies called shedu or lamassu, and were placed as guardians at certain gates or doorways of the city and the palace symbols combining man, bull, and bird, they offered protection against enemies. From the ninth to the seventh century bc, the kings of assyria ruled over a vast empire centered in northern iraq the great assyrian king ashurnasirpal ii (r 883 –859 bc), undertook a vast building program at nimrud, ancient kalhu until it became the capital city under ashurnasirpal, nimrud had been no more than a. Winged human-headed bull neo-assyrian period, reign of sargon ii (721-705 bc ) human-headed winged bulls were protective genies called shedu or lamassu, and were placed as guardians at certain gates or doorways of the city and the palace symbols combining man, bull, and bird, they offered protection against.
Period: neo-assyrian date: ca 883–859 bc geography: mesopotamia, nimrud (ancient kalhu) culture: assyrian medium: gypsum alabaster dimensions: h.
Sargon's giant winged bull current location is the louvre museum in paris france.
The scene with the narrator was shot at the nergal gate, one of the gates on the north side of nineveh the entrance to the gate was flanked by two large winged human-headed bulls known as lamassu in akkadian the gate and its lamassu were first excavated by sir austen henry layard in 1849 but then.
Lamassu (winged human-headed bulls possibly lamassu or shedu) from the citadel of sargon ii, dur sharrukin (now khorsabad, iraq), neo-assyrian, c 720- 705 bce, gypseous alabaster, 420 x 436 x 097 m, excavated by p-e botta 1843-44 (musée du louvre) speakers: dr beth harris and dr steven zucker in the.