Assyrian Military Campaign in Southern Iraq

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 18 September 2014

This wall panel was part of large alabaster wall relief. The whole scene includes a central band of river, the Tigris or Euphrates, that separates two otherwise independent compositions in which the Assyrians attack on a small island and carry off booty. On another part of the relief, the Assyrian king in a chariot watches as prisoners are brought in, and heads and booty are piled up in a palm grove. In this panel, the Assyrian soldiers are ready to attack. Note their perfect costumes and weapons. The horses were depicted in a very luxurious and elegant pattern. Neo-Assyrian period, 640-620 BCE, Mesopotamia, Iraq. From Nineveh, south-west palace, court XIX, panels 10-12. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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