Egyptian Civil Prisoners from Memphis

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
by
published on 22 March 2018

This is a detail of a large gypsum panel which shows the Assyrian army attacking the Egyptian city of Memphis and commemorates the final victory of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal II over the Egyptian king Taharqa in 667 BCE. This wall slab was originally painted for the interior walls of Ashurbanipal's palace at Ninevah. Here, Egyptian civilian prisoners are shown as a group of people (holding their belongings) with two children on a donkey. This is one of the aftermaths of the battle which the Assyrians won. Below is the River Nile with fish and crabs. Neo-Assyrian Period, 645-635 BCE. Panel 17, Room M of the North Palace at Nineveh, Northern 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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