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Pàgina 176 - Arabs withdrew the screen they had hastily constructed, and disclosed an enormous human head sculptured in full out of the alabaster of the country. They had uncovered the upper part of a figure, the remainder of which was still buried in the earth. I saw at once that the head must belong to a winged lion or bull, similar to those of Khorsabad and Persepolis. It was in admirable preservation. The expression was calm, yet majestic, and the outline of the features showed a freedom and knowledge of...
Pàgina 24 - ... (69, 70). Here, among the more sober and unassuming of the numerous family, the visitor will notice the common sparrow that chirps cheerfully through the smoke of London alleys ; the brown linnet with its lively notes ; the gayer goldfinches, greenfinches, chaffinches, the North American songfinch, a,nd the many varieties of the buntings, including the epicure's ortolans that are found in various parts of the world. Next in order to the finches, the Larks are grouped in a single case (71) with...
Pàgina 176 - Hasten, O Bey," exclaimed one of them ; " hasten to the diggers, for they have found Nimrod himself ! Wallah, it is wonderful, but it is true ! we have seen him with our eyes. There is no God but God ! " And, both joining in this pious exclamation, they galloped off, without further words, in the direction of their tents. On reaching the ruins I descended into the new trench, and found the workmen, who had already seen me as I approached, standing near a heap of baskets and cloaks.
Pàgina 139 - ... there is not the smallest idea of perspective in the place, or magnitude of figures or buildings. Figures intended to be in violent action are equally destitute of joints, and other anatomical form, as they are of the balance and spring of motion, the force of a blow, or the just variety of line in the turning figure. In a word...
Pàgina 177 - I was not surprised that the Arabs had been amazed and terrified at this apparition. It required no stretch of imagination to conjure up the most strange fancies. This gigantic head, blanched with age, thus rising from the bowels of the earth, might well have belonged to one of those fearful beings which are pictured in the traditions of the country, as appearing to mortals, slowly ascending from the regions below. One of the workmen on catching the first glimpse of the monster, had thrown down his...
Pàgina 174 - The corner-stone led me to a figure of singular form.* A human body, clothed in robes similar to those of the winged men already described, was surmounted by the head of an eagle or of a vulture...
Pàgina 176 - Bey," exclaimed one of them — "hasten to the diggers, for they have found Nimrod himself. Wallah ! it is wonderful, but it is true ! we have seen him with our eyes. There is no God but God ; " and both joining in this pious • 2 Kings, xix.
Pàgina 154 - ... blue, and so on, without any softening of the colours at their common boundary. But in the representation of animals, as we shall afterwards observe, more care was taken in softening and blending the colours, so as to produce a better representation of nature. The colours used in the painted reliefs and on the stuccoes are black, blue, red, green, and yellow ; these are always kept distinct and never blended. Of blue, they used both a darker and a lighter shade. Red * was used to represent the...
Pàgina 143 - I formed a bridge from the bank into the centre of the boat, so that when the weight bore on the bridge, it pressed only on the centre of the boat. The bridge rested partly on the causeway, partly on the side of the boat, and partly on the centre of it. On the opposite side of the boat I put some mats well filled with straw. I necessarily stationed a few Arabs in the boat, and some at each side, with a lever of palmwood, as I had nothing else. At the middle of the bridge I put a sack filled with...
Pàgina 176 - Awad advanced and asked for a present to celebrate the occasion, the Arabs withdrew the screen they had hastily constructed, and disclosed an enormous human head sculptured in full out of the alabaster of the country. They had uncovered the upper part of a figure, the remainder of which was still buried in the earth. I saw at once that the head must belong to a winged lion or bull, similar to those of Khorsabad and Fersepolis.

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