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Shell Inlay depicting combat between a human-headed bull and a lion-headed eagle Mesopotamia Early Dynastic IIIa 2600-2500 BCE

Shell Inlay depicting combat between a human-headed bull and a lion-headed eagle Mesopotamia Early Dynastic IIIa 2600-2500 BCE

In ancient Mesopotamia, human-headed bulls were protective creatures that preceded the later winged human-headed bulls known as lamassu. The lion-headed eagle, known as Anzu, was a favored image in the southern Mesopotamian city of Lagash. According to Sumerian scholar, Thokild Jacobsen, Anzu was originally envisioned as a huge black thundercloud in the shape of an eagle, and was later depicted with a lion's head to connect it to the roar of thunder.

Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York.

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Photo taken on 4 December 2014 (© mharrsch / Flickr)

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