Bce During The Neo Assyrian Period

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Saluting Protective Spirit dates back to 883-859 BCE during the Neo-Assyrian period. Located within the Cleveland Museum of Art, Saluting Protective Spirit appears overwhelming in size, standing nearly 90.5 inches tall and 53.8 inches wide. The piece is entirely taken up by the depiction of the spirit. This paper will employ close visual analysis of Saluting Protective Spirit, describing the significance and functionality of wall reliefs’ and their relation to royalty within the Neo Assyrian time period. Saluting Protective Spirit was one of many reliefs to line the walls within the palace of the Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II. According to the Cleveland Museum of Art this piece was once a brightly colored wall relief made of gypsum, although it this piece now appears tan or stone like, due to weathering and element damage.
“The Assyrians used a form of gypsum for the reliefs and carved it using iron and copper tools. The stone is easily eroded and when exposed to wind and rain and when it was used outside, the reliefs were presumed to have been protected by varnish or paint.” (Khan)
Looking visually, this piece is two-dimensional, however there is subliminal shape given to the work as it is elevated slightly from the background, being a low relief piece. This work depicts the image of the protective spirit in full composite view, although his feet and head are facing toward the side, his shoulders are shown in composite, meaning you can see both arms and shoulders as…

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