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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Two works by Pablo Picasso join the display and showcase artworks from the Vollard Suite, Winged Bull Watched by Four Children Portrait of Vollard I.
(6) Besides serving as a museum, the Gate was also reconstructed to protect the four colossal human-headed winged bull sculptures which guarded the entrances (al-Asil 1956: 3-9).
The sculpture, called "The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist," is a life-size replica of a 2,700-year-old lamassu, an Assyrian deity in the form of winged bull with a human head that stood guard at the entrance to Nergal Gate in Nineveh, near present-day Mosul in Iraq.
"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. As a kid in elementary school, when it was my turn to select a record, I always chose the "William Tell Overture," by Gioachino Rossini, partly because it reminded me of William Tell splitting the apple on his son's head with an arrow shot from a crossbow and partly because it reminded me of the Lone Ranger, and I loved the Lone Ranger, though I can't say why, maybe the bullets and the mask but maybe even the song.
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.