Gate of the Citadel of Sargon II

Gate of the Citadel of Sargon II

Date ca. 742-706 BCE,

Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Assyrian

Medium Limestone

Provenance Dur Sharrukin (Khorsabad), Iraq

Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris


This striking, towering pair of lammasu was a further embodiment of the power of the Assyrian dynasty, meant to evoke fear and respect out of any visitor to the citadel. The works were not free-standing, but rather were carved out of the wall.