Apkallu figure: bird-headed, winged figure carrying a bucket
ca. 9th–8th century B.C.
Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)
5.5 x 3.37 in. (13.97 x 8.56 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1954
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 406
1953, excavated by Max Mallowan, on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq; ceded in the division of finds to the British School of Archaeology in Iraq; acquired by the Museum in 1954, as a result of its financial contribution to the excavations.
“A Glory of Angels.” The Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, New Jersey, December 3, 1978–January 7, 1979.
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Mallowan, M.E.L. 1954. "The Excavations at Nimrud (Kalhu), 1953." Iraq 16 (1), pp. 86-93, pl. XVII.
Lines, Joan. 1955. "Ivories from Nimrud." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 13, p. 242.
Mallowan, M.E.L. 1956. Twenty-Five Years of Mesopotamian Discovery, 1932-1956. London: British School of Archaeology in Iraq, p. 68.
Bahrani, Zainab. 2014. The Infinite Image: Art, Time and the Aesthetic Dimension in Antiquity. London: Reaktion, p. 124.