British Museum

Every Visitor to the British Museum knows the huge, winged and human headed bulls which stand over ten tons. of black basalt, glossy and sinister, they are overpowering in their brutal strength. They and nearly all the Assyrian carved and sculpted reliefs in the gallery behind them, were pried from their foundations by crowbars, hauled by ropes till they toppled on to specially built platforms, moved on rollers across miles of dessert under a burning sun, winched aboard the ship and brought down the Persian Gulf to Bombay, then around the Cape of Good Hope — to the Port of London. All under the supervision of Henry Layard over one hundred years ago.