Catalogue of the Collection of Antique Gems Formed by James, Ninth Earl of Southesk, Volume 2

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B. Quaritch, 1908 - Gems
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Page 40 - a tree of life," and the prototype and original of those conventional trees of life with which the walls of the Assyrian palaces were adorned. Those who have visited the Assyrian collection of the British Museum will remember the curious form which it generally assumes, as well as the figures of the two cherubs which kneel or stand before it on either side. At times they are purely human ; at other times they have the head of a hawk and hold...
Page 40 - Ms tree also to be a world-tree, whose roots stretched downwards into the abysmal deep, where Ea presided, nourishing the earth with the springs and streams that forced their way upwards from it to the surface of the ground. Its seat was the earth itself, which stood midway between the deep below and Zikum, the primordial heavens, above, who rested as it were upon the overshadowing branches of the mighty
Page 24 - ... told that Gilgamesh was raised to the company of the gods, but he was undoubtedly regarded as a god in popular belief. There is a prayer in the British Museum ' in which a sick man beseeches Gilgamesh to cure him of his sickness, and he addresses him as the " perfect king, the judge of "the Anunnaki, the great arbiter among men who "orders the four quarters of heaven, the governor "of the world, and the lord of the regions of the " earth " ; the sick man also exclaims, " Thou art a "judge, and...
Page 40 - Thus we are told that Ea was called "the antelope of the deep,"
Page 40 - ... medicine, but in the religious and magical ceremonies of Babylonia as well. It is not at all improbable, therefore, that the later Babylonian tree of life, with its strange conventional form, was an amalgamation of two actual trees, the cedar and the palm. It is even possible that while one of them, the cedar, was primarily the sacred tree of Eridu, the other was originally the sacred tree of some other locality of Chaldsea. What gives some colour to this last suggestion is, that in later Babylonian...
Page 82 - A royal or princely personage, with a long curved staff in his hand, standing before an inscription of six lines.

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