Assyrian Doorway Protective Spirit

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Mark Cartwright
published on 11 January 2012
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This protective spirit (one of a pair) in the guise of a royal figure with cloak and mantle, guarded the doorway into the Temple of Ninurta (chief god of the city of Nimrud and Assyrian god of war and farming) in Nimrud. The temple itself was built by King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BCE). British Museum, London.

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Mark Cartwright
Mark is a history writer based in Italy. His special interests include pottery, architecture, world mythology and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share in common. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the Publishing Director at AHE.

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Cartwright, M. (2012, January 11). Assyrian Doorway Protective Spirit. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Cartwright, Mark. "Assyrian Doorway Protective Spirit." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 11, 2012.

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Cartwright, Mark. "Assyrian Doorway Protective Spirit." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 11 Jan 2012. Web. 25 Nov 2020.

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