|Figure 1 - Winged Bull from Khorsabad - Louvre Museum|
Building Khorsabad required a massive effort on the part of the Assyrians, an effort which ended with Sargon's premature death in combat and the movement of the capital to Nineveh by Sargon's son Sennacherib.
|Figure 2 - Bringing Cedar Wood from Lebanon|
|Figure 3 - Hero with a Lion|
Finally, in figure 3 we see a common motif in Mesopotamian sculpture, a human hero with a conquered lion. Sarah Costello wrote a paper on what she calls the "Nude Hero" in 2010 and this figure may be a representation of the "nude hero" (although he is shown fully clothed in this carving). It is also possible that this representation of the hero is associated with the famous story of Gilgamesh.
Photos copyright 2012 by John Freed