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  • During the Miraj the Prophet Mohammed's ascent into paradise, he was led by the angel gabriel and mounted on Buraq, his human-headed horse.

    Imagining a Better World

  • The underwater introduction is cutely creepy, but it took me a while to get used to the human-headed fish.

    Ponyo » DVDs Worth Watching

  • In "Paris Through a Window," a human-headed yellow cat perches on a window sill; the Eiffel Tower looms above mansard roofs; a parachute-jumper descends from the tower; an upside-down train and two figures float past; a blue-faced, Janus-headed man lurks in a corner, holding a heart in his blue palm.

    Beyond Fragile Fantasies

  • At left, a winged, human-headed bull on display at the Iraqi National Museum on Monday.

    Iraqi National Museum Re-Opens

  • This improvised board was scratched—possibly by bored soldiers—onto one of the human-headed winged bull gate sentinels from the palace of Sargon II 721–705 B.C. in the city of Khorsabad, Iraq.

    Twenty Squares

  • At least one guard and one looter have been shot dead (at different sites) and, in 1997, ten people were executed for stealing the head from a statue of a human-headed bull at Khorsabad.

    Focus on Iraq: Spoils of War

  • The spirit, or ba, in the shape of a human-headed bird, had to return to the body each night or the deceased would perish.

    Interactive Dig Hierakonpolis - Hierakonpolis 2006 - Adventures Underground

  • The ba, often depicted as a human-headed bird, could leave the tomb and travel, visiting the world of the living and partaking in offerings, but it had to return each night to reunite with the corporeal body.

    Interactive Dig Hierakonpolis - Hierakonpolis 2006 - Adventures Underground

  • Khafre (Chephren) built the second pyramid at Giza (473.5 ft. high), as well as the enormous human-headed lion, the Sphinx, called Herakhte (“Horus of the Horizon”) by the Egyptians.

    c. The Old Kingdom and the First Intermediate Period (1st-11th Dynasties)

  • The ancient Egyptians had called this self the ka, and had portrayed it as a human-headed bird.

    The Serpent's Shadow

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