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This 15-ton lion symbolized Ishtar, the Assyrian goddess of war, and guarded the entrance to her temple. The cuneiform inscription gives the name op the temple’s builder: Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 B.C.)

This 15-ton lion symbolized Ishtar, the Assyrian goddess of war, and guarded the entrance to her temple. The cuneiform inscription gives the name op the temple’s builder: Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 B.C.)

Sphinx

Sphinx

STAR GATES:  WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?? WHAT ARE THEY DOING?? WHAT IS THE REAL MESSAGE THAT THEY LEFT HERE FOR US IN EARTH?? WHAT DO YOU SEE??Plaque with two kneeling youths supporting a ram-headed sphinx Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 9th–8th century B.C.  Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)  Culture: Assyrian  Medium: Ivory.  http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/325566?rpp=20&pg=12&ft=*&what=Reliefs&pos=236

STAR GATES: WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?? WHAT ARE THEY DOING?? WHAT IS THE REAL MESSAGE THAT THEY LEFT HERE FOR US IN EARTH?? WHAT DO YOU SEE??Plaque with two kneeling youths supporting a ram-headed sphinx Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 9th–8th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) Culture: Assyrian Medium: Ivory. http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/325566?rpp=20&pg=12&ft=*&what=Reliefs&pos=236

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