Winged Genie

Winged Genie
Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Ashur-nasir-pal II (circa 883-859 B.C.)
Iraq, Nimrud (Kalhu)
Alabaster, 93 1/16 x 80 13/16 in. (236.3 x 205.3 cm)
Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian foundation
Brooklyn 55.147
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry

From Museum Website
"In Assyrian art the basket and cone almost always appear in the hands of supernatural creatures rather than humans, suggesting that these objects may have served a magical purpose. Assyrian texts refer to the basket and cone carried by the genies in many of these reliefs as a “bucket” and “purifier.” This terminology may indicate that in addition to serving to pollinate the sacred tree (as scholars have concluded), these objects had a cleansing effect as well."