Assyrian Apkallu Armlet - The Secret Ritual



A close-up view of the right arm of a human-headed and winged protective spirit, Apkallu (or Sage). There is an armlet which embraces the right biceps muscle. The armlet's ends are sheep-headed. Note the decorations on the lower end of the dress; there is a goat! This is part of a large alabaster bas-relief which depicts an Apkallu carrying a goat. From the north-west palace of the Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II at the city of Nimrud (ancient Kalhu; Biblical Calah). From Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Neo-Assyrian period, 865-860 BCE. The British Museum, London.

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