The Lamassu

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The Lamassu silver is held in the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess of 1st Battalion The Tigers. The Lamassu refers to the Assyrian Empire which covered ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia in 1450 BC. Iraq would later become a country within this region some time later.

The Lamassu was a celestial being and protective deity, depicting power. This silver piece was bought by serving members of the Mess in recognition of the two operational tours the Battalion conducted in Iraq, on Operation TELIC 4 and 8.