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What do you know about Winged Bull (Lamassu) ?

What do you know about Winged Bull (Lamassu) ?


Lamassu (or Lamassus) are Assyrian protective deities in the art and mythology of the ancient Middle East. Hybrid creatures, they combine the body of a bull or lion, symbolizing strength, the wings of a bird or eagle, symbolizing freedom and speed, and the head of a bearded man, symbolizing high intelligence, In some writings, it is portrayed to represent a female deityA less frequently used name is shedu, which refers to the male counterpart of a lamassu. Lammasu represent the zodiacs, parent-stars or constellations.

Louvre - Human Headed Winged Bulls and Reliefs from Dur-Sharrukin

As colossal statues found in the ruins of ancient Babylonian and Assyrian cities, Lamassu were positioned as gateway guardians at the entrances to royal palaces such as that found at Nineveh. Images of Lamassu were also carved on to tablets buried under the door threshold. Lamassu sculptures have two aspects—when viewed from the front, they appear to be standing guard; when viewed from the side, they appear to be striding forward.
In Mesopotamian mythology, Lamassu help people fight chaos and evil. Each day, they hold the gates of dawn open so that the Sun god Shamash can rise and also help to support the weight of the Sun disc. 
The Mythical Creatures Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings, By Brenda Rosen

Some armies take the "winged bull" as an insignia for their forces: 


According to the Institute of Heraldry, the shoulder sleeve insignia of USF-I has been worn to represent service of combat and contingency operations in Iraq since 2005. The shield patch is a symbol of the many ideals that has ushered in a new dawn for Iraq. The patch contains four distinctive symbols: The Star "The star represents a vision of unity for the seven peoples of Iraq (Sunni,Shia, Kurd, Turkoman, Assyrian, Yazidi, Armenian) leading to a more secure,prosperous and free future for Iraqis." The Crossed Scimitars "The crossed scimitars of the insignia recall the partnership between Multinational Forces and Iraqi Security Forces essential to bringing a democratic way of life to Iraq. The Palm Fronds "The palm fronds symbolize peace and prosperity for a new nation." The Mesopotamian Human-Headed Bull "The colossal statue of the Mesopotamian human-headed winged bull recalls the rich heritage of Iraq and underscores strength and protection for the people of Iraq." On a black shield, the star shines above the crossed scimitars. The palm fronds wrap the canvas as a base and the Mesopotamian human-headed bull is the center-piece

This is a photo of a wooden painted plaque of the British 10th Army insignia used in Iraq and Iran 1942-1943


Insignia of the SAVAK of Iran

What do you know about Winged Bull (Lamassu) ? Reviewed by encywiki on September 09, 2019 Rating: 5 What do you know about Winged Bull (Lamassu) ? Lamassu (or Lamassus) are  Assyrian protective  deities in the art and mythology o...

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