Fragment of stele with relief

Mesopotamian, Anatolian, Neo-Hittite
Iron Age
799–700 B.C.

Object Place: Northern Syria


Overall: 66 x 78 x 20 cm (26 x 30 11/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gray basalt

Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment is the lower portion of a rough, gray basalt stele in Neo-Assyrian style, very high relief, and it depicts a god standing on the back of an animal with a lion’s head, a bull’s horns and ears, and a lion’s forelegs and hind legs like those of an eagle.


1986, sold by Geoffrey Turner, Ancient Art b.v., Amsterdam, to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 4, 1986)

Credit Line

Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund