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photoblog image Gulbenkian Museum - Assyrian bas relief

Gulbenkian Museum - Assyrian bas relief

 

From Nimrud, which is in the news recently, having been retaken from the so-called 'Islamic State' by Iraqi forces. Not before the barbarians of ISIS had destroyed what remained of the ancient city. This was the capital city of the kingdom under Ashurnasirpal II, under the name of Kalhu.  Fortunately objects like this had been saved from destruction many years ago.  This wall panel (2.4 x 1.3 metres) is in alabaster and dates from about 870 BC, according to the Museum guide (which, incidentally, is a beautifully colour-illustrated bargain at €8.00):

 

'This particular slab depicts a winged genie whose right hand is raised in a ritual gesture, while his left hand holds a container for holy water. The central section of the relief is crossed by a long inscription in cuneiform characters dedicated to the monarch [Ashurnasirpal II] and referring to the king's titles, constructions and military deeds.'

Gulbenkian Museum - Assyrian bas relief

 

From Nimrud, which is in the news recently, having been retaken from the so-called 'Islamic State' by Iraqi forces. Not before the barbarians of ISIS had destroyed what remained of the ancient city. This was the capital city of the kingdom under Ashurnasirpal II, under the name of Kalhu.  Fortunately objects like this had been saved from destruction many years ago.  This wall panel (2.4 x 1.3 metres) is in alabaster and dates from about 870 BC, according to the Museum guide (which, incidentally, is a beautifully colour-illustrated bargain at €8.00):

 

'This particular slab depicts a winged genie whose right hand is raised in a ritual gesture, while his left hand holds a container for holy water. The central section of the relief is crossed by a long inscription in cuneiform characters dedicated to the monarch [Ashurnasirpal II] and referring to the king's titles, constructions and military deeds.'

comments (5)

I am glad they were saved from the barbarians...
Tom Wilson: Indeed, Larry!
A fine piece of artwork, Tom, though it looks to me like a guy with wings, holding a handbag, wearing a wristwatch, giving directions.....But I could be wrong....smile
Tom Wilson: You could be right, Frank - perhaps it's a record of a time-traveller smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Dec 2016, 03:49
That looks like a vintage Rolex Yachtmaster on his left wrist, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Very vintage, Ray!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Dec 2016, 06:40
Who on earth would want to destroy or deface something as beautiful as this is a mystery to me Tom
Tom Wilson: They are the new barbarians, Chris.
this alabaster sculpture is a magnificent piece of art Tom... i'm glad that it had been saved before the destruction of Nimrod before the barbarians destroyed the city....petersmile
Tom Wilson: I imagine that the greater number of finer pieces are in various museums around the world, Peter and that what has been destroyed are the buildings - or ruins.

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