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Relief: Eagle-headed genie watering sacred tree

883–859 B.C.

Gypseous alabaster

109 × 77 cm, 70.76 kg (42 15/16 × 30 5/16 in., 156 lb.)
Yale University Purchase
1854.3
Geography: 
Nimrud, Tigris, Assyria, Iraq, Near East, Asia
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Near Eastern, Assyrian
Period: 
Iron Age, Assyrian
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Palace of Assurnasirpal II, Room I; purchased from the British excavations at Nimrud.

Bibliography: 

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 27–29, fig. 25.

Ada Cohen and Steven E. Kangas, Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2010), 7, 10, 22.

James Prosek and Edith Devaney, James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2020), 149, fig. 2.

Alan Shestack, ed., Yale University Art Gallery Selections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.