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The Banquet Scene

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    124920

  • Title (object)

    • The Banquet Scene
  • Description

    Gypsum wall panel relief fragment; carved in low relief; the topmost register is represented by the 'Garden Scene' with birds and a locust in the trees, showing (from left to right) two women holding napkins and fanning the queen with fly-whisks; two more each bring a dish, which they protect with a fly-whisk, towards the enthroned queen and reclining king, who feast in the arbour amid the vines, conifers and palms, hung with the grisly trophies of victory, consisting of the head and hand holding a wand of Teumman, king of Elam. The hands of a woman drummer and a woman harpist can be seen amid the palms and conifers. Behind the king stand two more ladies holding napkins and fanning him, and behind them is a table holding his sword, bow and quiver. The furniture is very elaborate.

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  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 645BC-635BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 58.42 centimetres
    • Width: 139.7 centimetres
    • Depth: 15.24 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Carved gypsum wall panel relief fragment: showing a garden scene with birds and a locust in the trees. The king has left his weapons on a table to the right; he reclines on a sofa beneath a vine and his queen sits opposite him; they are drinking and refreshments are on the table. Maids fan the royal couple; others bring food or play music. Suspended from a tree behind the queen is the head of Teumman, king of Elam. The furniture is very elaborate. The faces of the king and queen were mutilated in 612 BC by soldiers ransacking Nimrud. Guralnick has also noted heavy weathering on the costume of Assurbanipal (paper given at the RAI, London, 2003).

    In set with 1856,0909.56 (BM.124922) In set with 1856,0909.55 (BM.124794) In set with 1969,0416.1-6 (BM.135115-135120).
    A plaster cast of detail was made by BMCo (no.21): type cast stored with ANE casts at Blythe House (November 2006). The cast is listed as available in the British Museum Facsimile Service 'Catalogue of Replicas from British Museum collections' (n.d.), in the series "Assyrian Bas-Reliefs".

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  • Bibliography

    • Albenda 1974a bibliographic details
    • Schmidt-Colinet C 1997a bibliographic details
    • Meissner 1920b bibliographic details
    • Nylander C 1999a bibliographic details
    • Bahrani 2008a bibliographic details
    • May 2012a bibliographic details
    • Alvarez-Mon 2009a bibliographic details
    • Paterson 1901-11 1907 vol., pl.LXI bibliographic details
    • Reade 1979b fig. 13 bibliographic details
    • Pritchard, J B 1954a fig.451 bibliographic details
    • Frankfort H 1954a fig.451 bibliographic details
    • Gadd 1936b p.193 bibliographic details
    • Barnett 1976 p.57, pl.LXIV bibliographic details
    • Gadd 1934c p.75 bibliographic details
    • Barnett & Foreman 1959 pl.105 bibliographic details
    • Strommenger E & Hirmer M 1962a pl.241 bibliographic details
    • Collon 2010a pp.158-59, fig.12b (on the bracelets) bibliographic details
    • Rassam H 1897a pp.38,40, pls opposite bibliographic details
    • Batmanglij 1999a pp.8-9 (colour photograph) bibliographic details
    • Rawlinson G 1871a vol.1, p.493 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014-2015 22 Sep-5 Jan, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1856

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    124920

  • Registration number

    1856,0909.53

  • Additional IDs

    • 121 (ex AS)
Alabaster wall panel relief fragment; garden scene; birds and a locust in the trees; the king has left his weapons on a table to the right; he reclines on a sofa beneath a vine and his queen sits opposite him; they are drinking and refreshments are on the table; maids fan the royal couple; others bring food or play music; suspended from a tree behind the queen is the head of Teumman, king of Elam; the furniture is very elaborate.

Alabaster wall panel relief fragment; garden scene; birds and a locust in the trees; the king has left his weapons on a table to the right; he reclines on a sofa beneath a vine and his queen sits opposite him; they are drinking and refreshments are on the table; maids fan the royal couple; others bring food or play music; suspended from a tree behind the queen is the head of Teumman, king of Elam; the furniture is very elaborate.

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