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The Strawberry Room: Panelled room, Kent, England 1783-1794, James Wyatt, born 1746 - died 1813 Materials and Techniques: Pine, carved, painted and gilded; cupboards inset with coloured glass panes | V&A

Strawberry Hill House, London, England was created by Horace Walpole in the 18th century, Strawberry Hill is internationally famous as Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture. It also inspired the first gothic novel 'The Castle of Otranto'. Photo: strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

Large stone sculptures and reliefs were a striking feature of the palaces and temples of ancient Assyria (modern northern Iraq). An entrance to the royal palace of King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) at Nimrud was flanked by two colossal winged human-headed lions. A gigantic standing lion stood at the entrance to the nearby Temple of Ishtar, the goddess of war.