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Semiramis
Image by Mark Carroll Photography

Semiramis

Semiramis by William Wetmore Story, 1872-3, Dallas Museum of Art. Photo by Mark Carroll Photography, All Rights Reserved. (Used by permission of Mark Carroll Photography.)
Eagle-Headed Protective Spirit
Image by Jan van der Crabben

Eagle-Headed Protective Spirit

Detail of the head of an Assyrian protective spirit with the head of an eagle. It was found in the temple of Ninurta at Kalhu (Nimrud). c. 865-860 BCE. British Museum, London, UK.
Assyrian Doorway Protective Spirit
Image by Mark Cartwright

Assyrian Doorway Protective Spirit

This protective spirit (one of a pair) in the guise of a royal figure with cloak and mantle, guarded the doorway into the Temple of Ninurta (chief god of the city of Nimrud and Assyrian god of war and farming) in Nimrud. The temple itself...
Assyrian Archers Attacking an Egyptian Fortress at Memphis
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Assyrian Archers Attacking an Egyptian Fortress at Memphis

This is a detail of a large gypsum wall panel showing 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. On the right...
Sargon II's Throne
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Sargon II's Throne

Two Assyrian servants carry what appears to the throne of King Sargon II. Traces of the original paint can be seen. Note the details of the throne. This alabaster bas-relief is part of a long tributary scene, where the Assyrian king, Sargon...
Tribute Bearers from Urartu
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Tribute Bearers from Urartu

Two bearded male figures from Urartu carrying tribute. This alabaster-bas relief is part of a long tributary scene, where the Assyrian king, Sargon II (not shown here), stands majestically, waiting to receive the tribute from Urartu (modern-day...
Assyrian Master of Ceremonies
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Assyrian Master of Ceremonies

This male figure, distinguished from all kinds of staff, and recognizable by the pageboy's hairstyle and humble (or no) bearing, brings up the rear of a group of high-ranking Assryian officials or dignitaries. Those men have access to the...
Assyrian Groom and Horses
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Assyrian Groom and Horses

An alabaster bas-relief of an Assyrian groom leading two horses forward, c. 710 BCE. Traces of the original paint can be seen on this relief. From the Royal Palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad, in modern-day Nineveh Governorate, Iraq. On...
Head of Tributary Bearers from Urartu
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Head of Tributary Bearers from Urartu

This alabaster bas-relief is part of a long tributary scene, where the Assyrian king, Sargon II (not shown here), stands majestically, waiting to receive the tribute from Urartu (modern-day Armenia). The man on the right is in front of...
Apkallu from Khorsabad
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Apkallu from Khorsabad

This alabaster bas-relief is probably part of a long religious ritual scene. The beaded male figure on the left has two pairs of wings and holds a pine cone in his right hand while the left hand holds a bucket. He wears a horned helmet. Behind...