Human headed figure with bull and lion body with wings (a Lamassu) 

Neo-Assyrian, 883 - 859 B.C.  

Mesopotamia, Nimrud

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 

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    apotropaic. meant to ward off enemies. made of limestone
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