Palace of Darius I, Gate of All Countries, flanked by human headed, winged bulls
Many of the decorative motifs at Persepolis are Assyrian-influenced. Flanking this portal are winged, human-headed bulls such as those which guarded the portals at the citadel of the Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad. These "lamassu" too wear the horned crowns which are a sculptural motif going back to Sumerian and Babylonian depictions of the sun god Shamash.
Artform: ARCHITECTURE, Pre-19th Century
Country/Culture: Ancient Persia
Date: c500 BCE
Museum: © Davis Art Images
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