Thursday, March 20, 2014

Some Heavy Lifting

The Bull Colossus floating down the Tigris on a Kelek (by F. C. Cooper). In: Ausin Henry Layard and the Rediscovery of Assyria
Keleks-wooden rafts held afloat by inflated goat skins - have not been much seen since the 1930s. In 1847, Layard used keleks to float 30-ton Lamassu (human-headed winged bulls) downriver from Nineva to the port at Basra. They now grace the British Museum. #cmarsh