Archaeological Revival Ancient Assyrian Ring Probably by John Brogden, 1870ca

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Gold ring gold in round shape depicting human winged bull profile placed on a filigree and elaborately decorated with fine wirework, granulation. Work from the second half of the 19th century. Size 7. Weight: The Sumerians recognized a protective female deity named Lama, rendered as Lamassu in Akkadian, who was a servant of the Gods. The ‘Lamassu’, as we know and see today, appeared a little later, in the Assyrian (modern Syria) culture, between the ninth and seventh centuries BCE and was envisioned as a male protective spirit with a long-coiffured Assyrian beard. During the Neo-Assyrian Empire (883-612 BCE), these gigantic figures were placed as gateway guardians at the entrances of royal palaces like Khorsabad and Nineveh. They were placed at entrances in order to ward off evil influences. John Brogden (1820-1884), was one of Britain’s leading jewellers working in the revivalist style and he exhibited his work internationally, winning several awards including the Légion d’Honneur for “Goldsmiths’ work and jewellery in exquisite taste”. Assyrian-inspired jewellery was almost exclusively British in taste but there are some instances of the trend appearing later in America and France.