Tag Archives: Assyrian Art

Lamassu from Khorsabad, ISIS Lamassu (winged bulls) from Khorsabad, restored and housed in the Louvre, Paris, Photo by gulfuroth via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.

The Art that ISIS Destroyed

In recent months, the media has released videotapes of members of ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) destroying irreplaceable artifacts from ancient civilizations with sledgehammers and jackhammers inside the Mosul Museum in Iraq. Thankfully, many of these works … Continue reading

Head of a Persian Guard from Persepolis, Iran, c. 486-465 CE, limestone, 21.26" x 24.41" x 4.72", Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Just a Second: Bas-relief

Bas-relief (noun) A sculpture in which the figures project only slightly from the background. A Persian bas-relief dating from the first century CE, that looks very similar to the one shown above, is among the most recent art heists.  The … Continue reading