Ashurnasirpal II Hunting Lions

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 August 2017

This gypsum wall relief depicts a typical Assyrian lion-hunting scene. King Ashurnasirpal II stands in his royal chariot and shoots at a leaping wounded lion. Two royal attendants, behind the wounded lion, holding their shields and daggers, are ready to intervene at any moment. A dead or dying lion appears beneath the chariot's horses. Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, 865-860 BCE. Panel 19 of Room B (Throne Room) at the North-West Palace, Nimrud (Kalhu), Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (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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