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King Ashurnasirpal II
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King Ashurnasirpal II

King Ashurnasipal II of Assyira (reigned 883 - 859 B.C.), flanked by eagle-headed protective spirits, of which only the left one is visible in this photo. From Nimrud, North-West Palace. Exhibited in the British Museum London.
The Hand of Ishtar (Inanna)
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The Hand of Ishtar (Inanna)

A hand of the Goddess Ishtar (Inanna). This is a decorative element of architecture which was used in temples and palaces. It is inscribed with cuneiform inscriptions and was found in the palace of Ashurnasirpal II to commemorate the new...
The Palaces at Nimrud Restored
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The Palaces at Nimrud Restored

"The palaces of Nimrud Restored", as imagined by the city's first excavator, A.H. Layard. A Second Series of the Monuments of Nineveh, London 1853, pl. 1 detail, after a sketch by James Fergusson.
Wall Relief of Ashurnasirpal II from Nimrud
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Wall Relief of Ashurnasirpal II from Nimrud

This gypsum wall panel came from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II (883 - 859 BCE) at Nimrud. Ths so-called "Standard Inscription" of Ashurnasirpal II runs horizontally across the lower part. The king wears a diadem and holds a bucket...
Relief of Ashurnasirpal II & Attendant, Nimrud
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Relief of Ashurnasirpal II & Attendant, Nimrud

This gypsum wall panel came from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II (883 - 859 BCE) at Nimrud. The king greets an unidentified figure before him (now lost) who holds a long staff. Behind the king, an Assyrian eunuch (guard or attendant...
Ashurnasirpal II Lion Hunting
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Ashurnasirpal II Lion Hunting

This gypsum wall relief depicts a classical Assyrian lion-hunting scene. The striking feature is that the king wears a diadem with a rosette on it, instead of the typical conical head-cap of the Assyrian kings. Neo-Assyrian Period, 9th century...
Ashurnasirpal II in a Ritual Scene
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Ashurnasirpal II in a Ritual Scene

This alabaster bas-relief was donated by Sir James Young (a pioneer in Gynecology and Obstetrics and former president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh) to the Society of Antiquities in Scotland in 1865 CE. The panel depicts...
Assyrian Helmet
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Assyrian Helmet

Assyrian military equipment was particularly effective. Pointed helmets deflected blows or missiles, and were commonly issued to Assyrian soldiers. This iron example was decorated with bronze inlay, now corroded to a greenish color. The design...
Phoenician Bronze Bowl from Nimrud
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Phoenician Bronze Bowl from Nimrud

Over 150 bronze bowls were found in a palace at the city of Nimrud. These bowls were made in Phoenicia (modern-day Lebanese and Syrian coasts), and were brought to Nimrud as tribute or booty by one of the kings who campaigned in the west...
Human-headed and Winged Apkallu from Nimrud
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Human-headed and Winged Apkallu from Nimrud

This is an alabaster bas-relief depicting a standing human-headed and winged sage or genie; this is Apkallu, a protective spirit. He wears a horned helmet, elaborate dress, and marvellous accessories. Neo-Assyrian Period, 9th century BCE...
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