|Figure 1 - Winged Genie with a Pine Cone|
Ashurnasirpal, who reigned from 883 to 859 B. C., was the successor of Tumulti-Ninurta II and was in turn succeeded by Shalmaneser III.
Ashurnasirpal was one of the great conquerors of Assyrian history. He commemorated many of his victories with gory descriptions of mutilating the dead in any city that opposed him. He also boasted about burning the children in at least one of the cities he conquered.
|Figure 2 - Another Winged Genie with a Pine Cone|
|Figure 3 - A Third Winged Genie from Ashurnasirpal's Palace|
In all three reliefs there are many similarities in the iconography of the figures. All three wear a helmet decorated with bull's horns. All three also have long, elaborately curled hair and the Assyrian "wrist watches" (actually some sort of bracelet) that occur so commonly on these figures. The arm and leg muscles are clearly indicated in the carvings and the feather of the wings are elaborately detailed by the sculptor(s).
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