Assyrian Relief: Head of Ashurnasirpal II from Kalhu (Nimrud), Iraq; Northwest Palace, Room B, panel 14
ca. 875 - 860 B.C.E.
9th century BC
13 9/16 in. x 7 1/16 in. (34.5 cm. x 18 cm.)
Ancient Near East, Assyrian
Medium and Support
gypsum (Mosul alabaster)
Gift 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.
The King Ashurnasirpal II is represented in this fragmentary relief that was once part of a monumental panel from the Throne Room at Nimrud. As recorded in the Standard Inscription, Ashurnasirpal II built his palace for “royal residence and for [his] lordly leisure for eternity.” Its walls were lined with relief carvings painted with bold colors—red, white, yellow, and black—some of which are preserved on this relief fragment. The walls and ceilings were painted with vivid geometric patterns, and the floors were laid with fine woven carpets. Carved wooden doors and furniture were inlaid with precious metals and ivories.
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