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wall panel / relief

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    124562

  • Description

    Gypsum wall panel relief: carved and showing tribute bearers. One has a North West Syrian type turban and raises clenched hands in token of submission; the second may be Phoenician and brings a pair of apes. There is an inscription written in cuneiform script with partial white infilling in some of the signs. Originally with traces of black paint at the top.

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  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 865BC-860BC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 262.89 centimetres
    • Width: 248.92 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
  • Curator's comments

    This panel was part of the façade of the throne room. Layard (1849, 'Nineveh and its Remains', vol. I, p. 118) refers to how at the time of discovery there were extensive traces of black pigment covering the face of the man with the monkeys, and he speculated that this was either from a deliberate attempt to depict a negro or that the paint had washed down from the man's hair. No traces of this are now visible to the naked eye (2008). Layard refers to the survival at the time of excavation of pigment on selective portions of other sculptures at Nimrud, specifically on the hair, beards, eyes and sandals of some sculptures and the red-painted tongue of an eagle-headed genie (ibid., pp. 71-72, 126). The white infilling in the inscription on this particular scuplture may also be ancient and resembles a feature noted on Persepolitan inscriptions.

    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

    • Budge E A W 1914 pl. XXVIII bibliographic details
    • Grayson, RIMA 2 RIM.A.0.101.23.44 bibliographic details
    • Layard A H 1849b vol. I, 118 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G7

  • Condition

    Fair; missing both upper corners; diagonal break running through the sculpture from top right to bottom left, with sliver in the centre secured with a pair of dowels.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1850

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    124562

  • Registration number

    1850,1228.7

  • Additional IDs

    • NG.19 (ex Nimrud Gallery)
Alabaster wall panel relief: showing tribute bearers. One has a North West Syrian type turban and raises clenched hands in token of submission; the second may be Phoenician and brings a pair of apes. This panel was part of the facade of the throne room. There in an inscription written in cuneiform script.

Alabaster wall panel relief: showing tribute bearers. One has a North West Syrian type turban and raises clenched hands in token of submission; the second may be Phoenician and brings a pair of apes. This panel was part of the facade of the throne room. There in an inscription written in cuneiform script.

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