Limestone wall-relief depicting an Eagle Headed Genii and tree: he wears a kilt with long tassels hanging from it, and a fringed robe, and has two daggers and a whetstone in his belt. The cone in his right hand is described in Assyrian texts as a purifier, and was presumably envisaged as being covered in liquid from the bucket in his left hand. The cone may derive its shape from the male date-spathe, used to fertilise female date-palms.    On the right is half a Sacred Tree, again a symbol of great importance in Assyria. The trunk has a large palmette at its top, and a network of palmettes surrounding it, only half of which are preserved on this piece. Around the trunk are three sets of horizontal binding, each supporting hornlike growths and volutes, and a chevron pattern runs up it.     Part of the standard inscription is preserved above the scene.

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Limestone wall-relief depicting an Eagle Headed Genii and tree: he wears a kilt with long tassels hanging from it, and a fringed robe, and has two daggers and a whetstone in his belt. The cone in his right hand is described in Assyrian texts as a purifier, and was presumably envisaged as being covered in liquid from the bucket in his left hand. The cone may derive its shape from the male date-spathe, used to fertilise female date-palms. On the right is half a Sacred Tree, again a symbol of great importance in Assyria. The trunk has a large palmette at its top, and a network of palmettes surrounding it, only half of which are preserved on this piece. Around the trunk are three sets of horizontal binding, each supporting hornlike growths and volutes, and a chevron pattern runs up it. Part of the standard inscription is preserved above the scene.

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  • Limestone wall-relief depicting an Eagle Headed Genii and tree: he wears a kilt with long tassels hanging from it, and a fringed robe, and has two daggers and a whetstone in his belt. The cone in his right hand is described in Assyrian texts as a purifier, and was presumably envisaged as being covered in liquid from the bucket in his left hand. The cone may derive its shape from the male date-spathe, used to fertilise female date-palms.    On the right is half a Sacred Tree, again a symbol of great importance in Assyria. The trunk has a large palmette at its top, and a network of palmettes surrounding it, only half of which are preserved on this piece. Around the trunk are three sets of horizontal binding, each supporting hornlike growths and volutes, and a chevron pattern runs up it.     Part of the standard inscription is preserved above the scene.

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  • Eagle Headed Genii and tree; wall-panel, relief in limestone; two daggers and whetstone in his belt; cone in right hand is a purifier and in his left hand a bucket; on the right is half a sacred tree with a large palmette at its top and a network of palme

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