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Gatekeeper figures from the Nimrod Palace in Ninevah in the Assyrian period (900 - 681 B.C.E.) in what is now northern Iraq. Casts of the originals that are in the British Museum in London. Lamassu (also šedu, shedu) is the term for protective spirits with the bodies of bulls, wings, and human heads.
Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East), Berlin.
© Photo: Haupt & Binder
Multaka: Refugees and immigrants with Syrian or Iraqi backgrounds as mediators in 4 Berlin museums present their favorite objects. Lamassu figures, Museum of the Ancient Near East.