This statue was unearthed during the German excavations at the city of Ashur in 1905 CE. The statue depicts a man in a long gown, which is girded at the waist with a belt. The details of the body, especially at the shoulders and upper arms are marvelous. In the year 1983 CE, Iraqi archaeologists discovered the head of this statue at the same place. Altogether... [continue reading]
This was part of a wall relief and was found inside a well within the courtyard of the temple of Ashur at the city of Ashur, the capital city of the Assyrians. The central part of the relief depicts a male deity. Two smaller water deities stand on either side of him. He holds two long branches, and two goats (standing on their hind legs) appear to eat from... [continue reading]
This small alabaster wall relief was part of a larger relief that represents the military campaign of the Assyrian king Ashurbanibal against the Elamite city of Hamanu. There is an Assyrian chariot with charioteer and archer, protected from enemy attacks by shield bearers. Neo-Assyrian period, 650 BCE. From Nineveh (modern Mosul, Ninawa Governorate), northern Mesopotamia... [continue reading]
This small alabaster bas relief was part of a larger relief that documented the military campaign of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal against the Elamite city of Hamanu. The Assyrian camp was built before Hamanu's city walls. There are two tents and various domestic animals that accompany the baggage train. In addition, an officer (returning home?) receives... [continue reading]
This was part of a larger wall relief which depicts a siege scene. The Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III is armed with a bow. Next to him, an Assyrian warrior wears a classical pointed Assyrian helmet and holds a dagger. Alabaster, from Nimrud (ancient Kalhu; Biblical Calah), northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. 745-727 BCE. The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
These fragments were part of a stela which was found at the Row of Stelae in the city of Ashur. It depicts a woman who wears a crown in the shape of a crenelated city wall. This is queen Ashur-Sharrat, wife of Ashurbanipal. It is rare to see an Assyrian queen without her husband. The queen raises her hand in salutation. Limestone, from Ashur, northern Mesopotamia... [continue reading]
This alabaster bas relief was part of a large wall relief that depicts the military campaign of Ashurbanipal against the Elamite city of Din-sharri. The relief shows an Assyrian soldier leading a captured woman and a cow away, as part of the deportation of people. Only a small part of the woman's body has been preserved. Neo-Assyrian period, 7th century... [continue reading]
Pivot stone with inscription of the king Enmetena of Lagash. Circa 2340 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).
This basalt stele was found in Bamboula, Kition (modern Laranca, Cyprus) in 1845 CE. The cuneiform inscriptions on the frontal side of the stele commemorate Sargon's victories against Medes, Babylon, Syria, and Urartu. The king worships in front of god symbols. Reign of Sargon II, 721-705 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).