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relief

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    124911

  • Description

    Gypsum wall panel relief; carved in low relief; Sennacherib watches the capture of Lachish. He sits on a throne and watches as prisoners are brought before him and executed. A tent is behind him; there is a chariot in the foreground and bodyguards stationed around. The king's face has been deliberately damaged in antiquity. The relief bears two cuneiform inscription.

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  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 700BC-692BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 251.46 centimetres
    • Width: 177.8 centimetres
    • Thickness: 15 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
      • Inscription Language

        Akkadian
      • Inscription Translation

        Inscription A
        (1) Sennacherib, king of the world, king of Assyria,
        (2) set up a throne and
        (3) the booty of Lachish
        (4) passed before him.

        Inscription B
        (1) Tent
        (2) of Sennacherib
        (3) king of Assyria
      • Inscription Comment

        Two inscriptions, A (over the prisoners) and B (over the tent)
  • Curator's comments

    In set with BM.124904-124915 (all 1856,0909.14). In set with BM.124850-124857 (all 1856,0909.15).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".

  • Bibliography

    • MacGregor 2010 21 (part) bibliographic details
    • Barnett, Bleibtreu & Turner 1998a 435c bibliographic details
    • Reade 1979b fig. 1 bibliographic details
    • Russell 1991 p. 125, fig. 66 (detail) bibliographic details
    • Magen 1986 p. 160 bibliographic details
    • Budge E A W 1922a p. 49, pl. 19 bibliographic details
    • Reade 1983b p. 51, fig. 73 (detail) bibliographic details
    • Paterson 1901-11 pl. LXIX (detail) bibliographic details
    • Barnett 1958a pls. 31A, 32A (details) bibliographic details
    • Frankfort H 1954a pls. 371, 374 (parts) bibliographic details
    • Paterson A 1915a pls. 74-5, 78 bibliographic details
    • Barnett & Lorenzini 1975 pls. 76-7, 80 (details) bibliographic details
    • Barnett 1970 pls. IV-V bibliographic details
    • Ussishkin 1982 pp. 77, 89 bibliographic details
    • Lorenzini, de Maigret & Fozzati 1980 pp. 85-6, nos. 33a-b (details) bibliographic details
    • Collon 2010a pp.155-56, fig.8 (on the bracelets) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G10a/sA

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Siege of Lachish
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1856

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    124911

  • Registration number

    1856,0909.14

  • Additional IDs

    • AS.28 (ex)
Gypsum wall panel relief: Sennacherib watches the capture of Lachish. He sits on a throne and watches as prisoners are brought before him and executed. A tent is behind him; there is a chariot in the foreground and bodyguards stationed around. The king's face has been deliberately damaged, perhaps at the fall of Nineveh in 612BC. The relief bears an inscription written in cuneiform script.

Gypsum wall panel relief: Sennacherib watches the capture of Lachish. He sits on a throne and watches as prisoners are brought before him and executed. A tent is behind him; there is a chariot in the foreground and bodyguards stationed around. The king's face has been deliberately damaged, perhaps at the fall of Nineveh in 612BC. The relief bears an inscription written in cuneiform script.

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