Gate of the Citadel of Sargon II
Date ca. 742-706 BCE,
Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Assyrian
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.