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An Assyrian standard, which probably represented the "world column", has the disc mounted on a bull's head with horns.
This tree looks like a pillar, and is thrice crossed by conventionalized bull's horns tipped with ring symbols which may be stars, the highest pair of horns having a larger ring between them, but only partly shown as if it were a crescent. The tree with its many "sevenfold" designs may have been a symbol of the "Sevenfold-one-are-ye" deity. This is evidently the Assyrian tree which was called "the rod" or "staff".
What mythical animals did this tree shelter? Layard found that "the four creatures continually introduced on the sculptured walls", were "a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle".
The triple headed dog was celebrated in terms of three seperate dogs at Hatra, one black, one red and one white, the dogs of apocalypse as it were.