|Ancient Replicas - Winged Bull|
Walls and Towers
Sculpture of Winged Lamassu, stone, Khorsabad, Neo-Assyrian, 721-705 BCE
The human-headed winged bull (Lhamassu) wears the horned crown of supernatural beings. Figures such as this one were placed in doorways of throne rooms of the Neo-Assyrian kings as protective creatures (although one of the reasons a scribe noted for the death of Sennacherib was that a Lhamassu fell on him because of his impious deeds). This powerful creature was later reused in Achaemenid royal gates.
Human-headed winged bull-gods or Lamassu were placed in doorways of Assyrian king's thronerooms as symbols of power and protection. This Lamassu has five legs, so that if viewed from either front or side it will always have the correct number. In the reign of Sennacherib, Lamassu with four legs replaced their predecessors with five legs.