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Assyrian Tree of Life 2400-600 BC

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Fig. 102.
Symbol of the god Assur surmounting an Assyrian representation of the old Babylonian Tree of Life.

Above is the winged sun-disk of Egypt, the borrowed symbol of the Assyrian Sun-god Assur (§ 210), whom we see shooting his deadly arrows. Below is the beautiful symbol of the tree of life, which originated in old Babylonia (see § 155). The early Babylonian worshiper’s palm branch in a jar of water (§ 155) had been developed by artists into a decorative palm tree seen here rising like a post in the middle, with its spreading crown of leaves at the top and festooned with tufts of palm leaves like those on the top of the tree. In this form it was later much used by the Greeks.

  • [PDF] M. Jastrow, Aspects of religious belief and practice in Babylonia and Assyria, New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1911.
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Image can be found at Dabar.org with other scans from the printed book.

Image can be found at Dabar.org with other scans from the printed book.

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