Guardians

We return to the British Museum today, and these statues, both winged and with human heads, but one of which is a bull and the other a lion – identified here pretty much only by the hooves or paws; they stood guard to the entrance of Ashurnasirpal II at the Assyrian capital Kalhu between 883 & 859 BC.

I’m no good at sums, but that’s pretty old!

You’ll note by looking in detail at the legs of each statue that they appear to have more limbs than they should have.

This was so that they would look be standing still and strong if viewed straight on, or as if they were moving forward when looked at from the side.

Using a tripod I was able to take a long exposure which made the light bursts on the four lights immediately at the entrance, and the square crop is due to the correction of the verticals.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 6s