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Title:Relief representing King Ashurnasirpal II from Room H in the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II
Date Made:883-859 BCE
Type:Architectural; Sculpture
Materials:gypsum alabaster
Place Made:Asia; Iraq; Assyria; Nimrud
Measurements:overall: 89 in x 84 in; 226.06 cm x 213.36 cm
Accession Number:  AC S.1855.2
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. Henry John Lobdell (Class of 1849)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Currently on view


Label Text:
In a letter of 1856, Amherst President Edward Hitchcock noted that the recently-purchased “sculpted slabs” from ancient Nineveh, then on view in the College’s library, were attracting “more attention than any other specimens in our collection.” Acquired for $250 with the assistance of the Reverend Henry Lobdell, Class of 1849, a missionary stationed in Mosul, the group of ancient Assyrian reliefs included this depiction of a winged mythological creature shown in the ritual act of pollinating the sacred date palm tree using a pinecone. The cuneiform text inscribed across the figure proclaims the power of Ashurnasirpal, “the Great King, the Mighty King, King of the World, and the Kingdom of Ashur.”

EEB, 2008: 1821 Society brochure

sculpture; architecture; ancient; mythology; deities; royalty; text

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