Alabaster Panel from the Central Palace of Tiglath-pileser III

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published on 31 March 2014

This alabaster panel was part of the decorative scheme of the palace of King Tiglath-pileser III (reigned 745-727 BCE) at Kalhu. The king is shown in his chariot, while in another scene above Assyrian soldiers drive out prisoners and flocks from a fortified city, Astartu. The band of cuneiform across the middle relates part of Tiglath-pileser's account of his building and military achievements, but has no direct relation to the scenes depicted.

From Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Mesopotamia, northern Iraq.
Neo-Assyrian era, c. 730-727 BCE. (The British Museum, London)


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Board-certified consultant neurologist and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm is very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artefacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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