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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gypsum statue; human headed winged lion; one of a pair that flanked the doorway of the throne room of the North West palace of Ashurnasirpal in Nimrud; helped provide magical protection; the five legs suggest that the lion was intended to be viewed from the front or side and not at an intermediate angle.


  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 865BC-860BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 centimetres
    • Length: 371 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Pair with 1851,0902.508 (BM.118801)

  • Bibliography

    • Bonomi J 1875a frontispece (in position 12/2/1852) bibliographic details
    • Gadd 1936b p.125 bibliographic details
    • Guide 1922 pl. VII bibliographic details
    • Grayson, RIMA 2 RIM.A. bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G6a

  • Exhibition history


    Assyrian Transept West (by 12/2/1852)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated by Layard March 1846; nose damaged by a local while awaiting transport on the riverbank at Nimrud; reached Basra June 1850; shipped in Lynch & Co vessel 'Fortitude', March 1851, arriving London August same year; recorded in BM gallery 12/2/1852.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 841 (ex)
COMPASS Title: Colossal statue of a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II (Room B)


COMPASS Title: Colossal statue of a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II (Room B)

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