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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Speaking of demented preening cockerels...


Let's head back to the British Museum, for an Assyrian relief of a cockerel that is probably not demented but definitely preening.

I was obsessed with the Assyrian collection during my first visits to the museum long ago; I remember writing what was probably a very bad poem about the winged lions and the irony of carving wings out of stone. It's still my favorite part of the museum -- one thing, at least, that hasn't changed.

I don't remember which particular palace this relief adorned, but it's probably about 2800 years old.

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