The British History Museum in London arguably has one of the greatest collections of ancient artifacts and art in the world. It is not difficult to see why when you walk inside. It is impossible to cover the whole thing in one day!
These are Assyrian Lamassu, which means bull-man, statues. They used to flank the entrance to the throne room of Ashurbanipal and date back to the 6th century BC. They were revolutionary to the art world due to the fact that the artist attempted to make the statues look as though they were in motion. Each lamassu has an extra leg, so that as the viewer passed into the throne room, they appeared to be walking.
So, why, out of all the artifacts in the British Museum, did I decide to post a picture of these guys? For whatever reason, I distinctly remember discussing these particular statues in my summer art 100 class. I was so excited to get to see them. =)