- Room 6: Assyrian sculpture
- Room 7-8: Assyria: Nimrud
- Room 9: Assyria: Nineveh
- Room 10: Assyria: Lion hunts
- Room 10b: Assyria: Siege of La
- Room 10c: Assyria: Khorsabad
- Room 34: The Islamic world
- Room 52: Ancient Iran
- Room 53: Ancient South Arabia
- Room 54: Anatolia and Urartu
- Room 55: Mesopotamia
- Room 56: Mesopotamia
- Room 57-59: Ancient Levant
Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gates (Room 6)
11th – 8th centuries BC
eyeOpener gallery tour / Free / Daily, 15.45 (for 30–40 minutes)
Large stone sculptures and reliefs were a striking feature of the palaces and temples of ancient Assyria (modern northern Iraq). An entrance to the royal palace of King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) at Nimrud was flanked by two colossal winged human-headed lions. A gigantic standing lion stood at the entrance to the nearby Temple of Ishtar, the goddess of war.
Colossal statue of a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, 883-859 BC
Statue of Ashurnasirpal II, 883-859 BC
The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, 858-824 BC
Stone panel from the Central Palace of Tiglath-pileser III, 730-727 BC
These sculptures are displayed in Rooms 6a and 6b alongside fragments and replicas of the huge bronze gates of Shalmaneser III (858-824 BC) from Balawat.
A Black Obelisk also on display shows the same king receiving tribute from Israel and is displayed with obelisks and stelae (vertical inscribed stone slabs) from four generations of Assyrian kings.