Winged bull

Winged bull

A winged human-headed bull of colossal size, usually in pairs, guarding the portals of ancient Assyrian palaces as a symbol of force and domination.

winged bull

An Assyrian symbol of force and domination, of frequent occurrence in ancient Assyrian architectural sculpture; pairs of winged human-headed bulls and lions of colossal size usually guarded the portals of palaces.
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The evidence is in Mosul, the winged bull and many, many others.
In early 2015, Daesh showed how real a threat this was in its on-camera rampage through the Mosul Museum and defacement of the colossal Winged Bull of Nineveh.
In early 2015, the Islamic State showed how real a threat this was in its on-camera rampage through the Mosul Museum and defacement of the colossal Winged Bull of Nineveh.
Remains of an Assyrian winged bull statue, some carved stone coffins, mosaics and two black blocks with Islamic calligraphy are just about all that's left.
The world's oldest song is a cult hymn, the notes of which were discovered on a clay tablet in Syria, and praises the god Nikkal, the Akkadian goddess of orchards and wife of the moon god Sin, who had a beard of lapis lazuli and rode on a winged bull.
They also jackhammered the face of a 3,000-year-old winged bull and broke apart 2,000-year-old statues.
He said since a few pieces like the Winged Bull aws too heavy and could not be transferred they broke it down in front of the cameras.
The clips from the Daesh video show militants taking sledgehammers and drills to smash ancient Mesopotamian statues, toppling them from plinths, smashing them with a sledgehammer and breaking up a carving of a winged bull, that dated to the 7th century BC, with a drill.
Militants are also seen using a jackhammer to deface a colossal 40-tonne Assyrian winged bull in an archaeological park in Mosul.
They are also shown using a jackhammer to deface a large Assyrian winged bull at a huge archeological site in Mosul.
The footage showed the terrorists shoving statues off their plinths, shattering them on the floor and applying an electric drill to a large winged bull.
One enormous sculpture, cast in bronze into which Shoaib has mixed traces of gold to give the metal a warm hue and elusive sheen, depicts a winged bull, circled upon itself in an agonized fetal ball, tail raised above in an elegant curve, its tip a whirling mass of fine strands that come to a perfect point.