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royal chariot crossing a river (Nimrud)

ref. : en.710.2013 | 1 April 2013 | by Francis Leveque
sculpture | Second quarter of IXe century BC
Nimrud (Kalhu), ( Irak )
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Gypsum wall panel relief (Panel 9) excavated in North West Palace of Nimrud (Kalhu) in Irak, Room B. Excavated by Sir Austen Henry Layard (1846) it shipped to England on the ’Apprentice’, arriving January 1849.

The panel shows the crossing of a river. Ashurnasirpal II’s boat is rowed across river and hauled ashore. The royal chariot is beside him and horses swim behind him. An attendant draws the king’s attention to a captured town that appears on the next panel to the right. There is an inscription written in cuneiform script.

Height: 100.5 centimetres
Width: 216.4 centimetres


Bibliography :

  • E.A.W. Budge, Assyrian Sculptures in the British Museum, Reign of Ashur-nasir-pal, 885-890 B.C, British Museum Press, London , 1914, pl. XXII.1
  • C.J. Gadd, The Stones of Assyria: the surviving remains of Assyrian sculpture, their recovery, and their original positions, Chatto and Windus, London , 1936, p.135
  • A.K. Grayson, Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC, I (1114-859 BC) (RIMA), University of Toronto Press, Toronto , 1991