Arch banner. They have a human head, the wings of an eagle, and the legs and feet of an ox. The heads of these Assyrian sphinxes only differ from those of the banner, in being covered by the characteristic Assyrian headdress, and wearing the long ornamented Assyrian beard. Layard also found among the ruins of Nimroud, sculptures of monsters with the head of a lion, the body of a man, and the feet of a bird, which is but a different combination of the same figures, expressing the same astronomical ideas. It is, therefore, evident that the Royal Arch banner is composed wholly of ancient astronomical emblems. The motto, "Holiness to the Lord," is but a proper expression of adoration to the great Creator of the starry heavens, which are so graphically represented by the whole device.
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