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Apkallu

Standing on the left is king Ashurnasirpal. He is wearing his royal costume and being protected from evil forces by a guardian spirit. This type of spirit is called an ‘Apkallu'. Apkallu means 'sage' in Akkadian.

Apkallu figures are often shown beside doorways and in corners of rooms since these areas were where evil spirits were thought to lurk.

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