Ivory panel showing a man identified as a king by the uraeus (serpent) at the front of his cap: he grasps the stalk of a gigantic lotus flower. His dress is short, coming to just above the knees, and over it is a cloak. At the top and bottom of the panel are tenons for attachment. On the front of the lower right-hand tenon is an incised inscription in West Semitic script.
- Excavated/Findspot: North West Palace, Doorway between Rooms V and W
- (Asia,Iraq,North Iraq,Nimrud (Kalhu),North West Palace)
- Height: 10.3 centimetres (Including tenons)
- Width: 6 centimetres
Inscription ScriptWest Semitic
Inscription Positionright-hand tenon
Inscription CommentThe letter 'bet'.
This panel is one of half a dozen similar examples found together by Layard; on three of them the figure faces left and on the others it faces right. These panels were presumably fixed together in a series.
A. H. Layard, ‘Nineveh and its Remains’ vol. I (London, 1849), pl. 88.1;
R. D. Barnett, ‘A Catalogue of Nimrud Ivories in the British Museum’ (London, 1975), 171, C.4, pl. III.
2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'
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'
- C.4 (catalogue number)
Ivory panel showing a man identified as a king by the uraeus (serpent) at the front of his cap; he grasps the stalk of a gigantic lotus flower; his dress is short, coming to just above the knees, and over it is a cloak; at the top and bottom of the panel are tenons for attachment; on the front of the lower right-hand tenon is an incised inscription.
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Object reference number: WCO23984
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