Human headed figure with bull and lion body with wings (a Lamassu)
Neo-Assyrian, 883 - 859 B.C.
These creatures were placed at doorways as guardians. They have 5 paws as to give the expression ‘to be standing firm’.
Source: The Metropolitan Museum
i’ve been looking at pictures of these for a while now
apotropaic. meant to ward off enemies. made of limestone