Today’s Picture, 11/10/13

At the Oriental Institute, November 2013.

18 Comments on “Today’s Picture, 11/10/13”

  1. Beautiful. But the mindset needed to envision one’s self as a giant winged bull-man just boggles the mind.

    That tragic lack of vision why you’ll never be the queen of Assyria. You need to harness the Power of Positive Thinking!

  2. My son loves the Oriental Institute.

    So, does anyone know how many legs are on that carving?

  3. So, does anyone know how many legs are on that carving?

    If it’s typical of Assyrian art, five. Four visible from the photo, a fifth front leg (left fore) around the right edge.

  4. 1.sam @ 3:44–Nah, I saw it for the first time in 1977, and I think it had been there for several decades before that; most of the Oriental Institute’s monumental exhibits date from the early 20th century, I believe.

  5. Not that Frank is correct!

  6. toughlittlebirds – I'm a graduate student in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley. I'm interested in why animals do what they do. Disclaimer: I don't speak for UC Berkeley or the MVZ in anything I write - if you don't like something, I'm the only one to blame!

    I remember that dude! Last time I was in Chicago, the OI had a fantastic exhibit about ancient Egyptians’ relationship with birds. The OI was nice enough to let me take pictures and write a post about it (here, if anyone’s interested:

    So I know you went to UChicago yourself and Athena is looking at it now. What do you think of the remodeled duck pond? My family watched the ducklings grow up every summer there when I was little, and few subjects could get us more riled up than when the university decided to mess with the duck pond for aesthetic reasons.

  7. From the pictures, you and Athena are doing a lot more than just looking at a college. But you are getting your first taste of what i thought was one of the peak moments of parenting: taking the girls (I have 3) around to possible colleges/universities. A great transitional series of moments, with the constant message, ‘Look well, because YOU are making this decision, not us.’

    The last of them graduated this June, on time! with a job!! in her field!!!, that she likes!!!!.

    the quadfecta.

  8. jameskemp56 – Surrey, England – I'm a Scot living in the deep south with my wife and kids. I write, design games and work full time. I'm also a cub scout leader and a school governor.

    There’s a pair of them in the British Museum. They’re pretty damn impressive, as much as for their size and workmanship as for their antiquity.

  9. The Louve has six or more; you can see even more how these flanking a gate would be awe inspiring. I think the French were in control of the region when plundering was fashionable. Standing near only makes it more impressive. How to feel puny and insignificant in one easy walk. I also like the bull head that was a support for temple beams.

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