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Assyrian protective spirits on an alabaster panel from the palace at Nineveh, 645-635 BCE. Despite appearances, these figures are not fighting but are protecting against any evil that might approach from two directions. The British Museum, London.
Photo Credit: Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities

clioancientart:

Assyrian protective spirits on an alabaster panel from the palace at Nineveh, 645-635 BCE. Despite appearances, these figures are not fighting but are protecting against any evil that might approach from two directions. The British Museum, London.

Photo Credit: Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities

Relief fragment with a cobra on the royal head- Period: Middle Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 11 Reign: reign of Mentuhotep II, later Date: ca. 2020–2000 B.C. Geography: Country of Origin Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II Medium: Painted indurated limestone

Relief fragment with a cobra on the royal head- Period: Middle Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 11 Reign: reign of Mentuhotep II, later Date: ca. 2020–2000 B.C. Geography: Country of Origin Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II Medium: Painted indurated limestone