[ ] [inspect]
TitleAssyrian Relief: Head of Ashurnasirpal II from Kalhu (Nimrud), Iraq; Northwest Palace, Room B, panel 14
Creation Dateca. 875 - 860 B.C.E.
Medium & Supportgypsum (Mosul alabaster)
Dimensions13 9/16 in. x 7 1/16 in. (34.5 cm. x 18 cm.)
Credit LineGift of Edward Perry Warren h’26. Critical support for the Assyrian Collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is provided by the Yadgar Family Endowment.
Please suggest keywords to describe this object. Separate multiple keywords by commas. Example: road,angel,technology,toy
This portrait of the Assyrian king came from a large relief, the majority of which still resides in Iraq. This portrait once adorned the throne room of the palace. The remarkable state of preservation suggests that the sculpture lay unexposed from the sac of the site, in ca. 614 B.C.E., until its excavation in the nineteenth century. Paint is still visible around the eye, the beard, and decorating the tiara portion of the crown. The large profile eye, prominent nose, and stylized rendition of the beard are all features of the imperial style preferred by the Assyrians. A similar visage was applied to divine figures, thus blurring the lines between regal and divine
Portfolios: FEAT|Ancient Art Collections: Sculpture - Ancient Collections: Sculpture FEAT|Public Domain