Human Headed Winged Bull Analysis

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Lamassu, which is a Human-Headed Winged Bull, is a huge sculpture that makes you feel tiny in comparison. It is a Neo-Assyrian sculpture from 721-705 B.C. The material used to make this sculpture is alabaster (gypsum). Originally, it was located in Dur-Sharrukin, now called Khorsabad, Iraq at the palace of Neo-Assyrian King Sargon II. In 1929, the statue was relocated to the United States. The court where the statue was originally located was 85m long, almost a football field in size. Lamassu is 16 feet tall and weighs about 40 tons. The statue is now located at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, in the middle of the Yelda Khorsabad Court. Looking at the lamassu’s size, it is bigger than the ones displayed around it. This could infer the importance of the statute or emphasize a particular meaning within the context of the Neo-Assyrian culture. The sculpture has a stance and size that draws the visitors' attention. It also has a unique patterning on some of its body parts. The unnatural composition of wings, a human head, the body of a bull, and horns emphasize the king's intention to show his strength and power.…show more content…
The body is made in high relief to emphasize muscles, motion, and to show strength. The 3D structure makes the Lamassu look very real. The sculpture uses various line marks to naturalize certain body parts, such as the leg's veins. The lamassu statue's material is alabaster (gypsum). The sculpture’s rock color is more of a yellow-brown, which might have been selected to coincide with the landscape and the weather. As for texture, there were some restrictions to protect the statue, but just by looking, you can tell it is a little rough. You will probably be able to feel the

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