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Updated: 14 April 2015
wall panel / relief
Stone wall-panel depicting a eunuch in relief: this head, which is over lifesize, belonged to a figure of a eunuch, one of the attendants of the Assyrian king. He wears an earring of a classic Assyrian type, and his curled hair-style is intermediate between that of previous reigns and the shorter squared cut which became fashionable in the seventh century. A pattern of rosettes is embroidered on the neck of his robe.
- Excavated/Findspot: Khorsabad, Royal Palace façade n Panel 16 (?)
- (Asia,Iraq,North Iraq,Khorsabad)
- Height: 64 centimetres
- Width: 53 centimetres
- Thickness: 12 centimetres (extant)
This fragment may come from the same frieze as fragments 1847,0702.13 (BM. 118827), 1847,0702.11 (BM 118830), 1847,0702.10 (BM. 118828), 1847,0702.12 (BM. 118818), 1847,0702.9 (BM. 118812) and 1847,0702.14 (BM. 118824).
Other similar fragments will be found in the list in Gadd, 'Stones of Assyria', pp. 161-2.
P. Albenda, ‘The Palace of Sargon, King of Assyria’ (Paris, 1986), 167;
P. E. Botta & E. Flandin, ‘Monument de Ninive’ vol. 1. (Paris, 1849-50), pl. 29.
2008-2009 21 Sept-4 Jan, Boston, MFA, 'Art and Empire'
2007 2 Apr-30 Sept, Alicante, MARQ Museum, 'Art and Empire'
2006 1 Jul-7 Oct, Shanghai Museum, 'Art and Empire'
19 July 1994
Reason for treatment
Clean. Improve and paint plaster frame.tephan
Dusty. Paint and plaster splashes. Surround chipped.
Paint removed from object with acetone on cotton-wool swabs. Surround filled with Paraloid B72\glass microballoons filler. Edges touched out with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic).
- 818 (Old Nimrud gallery no.)
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Object reference number: WCO23925
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