Hand carved Sumerian necklace representing the Assyrian winged bull Lamassu.
A Lamassu is depicted as having a human's head, a body of a bull or a lion, and eagle's wings.
The lamassu is a celestial being from Mesopotamian mythology, Persian, and other Iranic cultures such as the Babylonian, Assyrian, Sumerian and Akkadian. Human above the waist and a bull below the waist, it also has the horns and the ears of a bull. It appears frequently in Mesopotamian art, sometimes with wings. The lamassu is a household protective spirits of the common Babylonian people. Later during the Babylonian period they became the protectors of kings as well always placed at the entrance. Statues of the bull-man were often used as gatekeepers.
To protect houses, the lamassu were engraved in clay tablets, which were then buried under the door's threshold. They were often placed as a pair at the entrance of palaces. At the entrance of cities, they were sculpted in colossal size, and placed as a pair, one at each side of the door of the city, that generally had doors in the surrounding wall, each one looking towards one of the cardinal points.
• Hand carved pendant
• Solid yellow bronze also called jeweler gold bronze pendant
• The name Lamassu is engraved in cuneiform on the side.
• Enamel applied to the wings.
• The pendant is about 1.25" x 0.75" or 30mm x 20 mm.
• 14k gold filled chain option
• Gold filled has 100 times more gold than plated. Does not rub off.
• Nickel free
• Solid antiqued sterling silver chain option
• 4 mm black leather option.