Visitors studying the wall reliefs from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Rooms 7–8

Rooms 7–8

Assyria: Nimrud

883–859 BC

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Opening times

Daily 10.00–17.30 (20.30 on Fridays)

The Neo-Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II (883–859 BC) built his magnificent Northwest Palace at Nimrud.

The site of Nimrud is located on the Tigris River in modern-day Iraq. Interior decoration of the palace featured a series of remarkable carved stone panels.

The detailed reliefs on display in Rooms 7–8 originally stood in the palace throne-room and in other royal apartments. They depict the king and his subjects engaged in a variety of activities. Ashurnasirpal is shown leading military campaigns against his enemies, engaging in ritual scenes with protective demons and hunting, a royal sport in ancient Mesopotamia.

Accessibility

  • Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language guide handset, available from the audio guide desk in the Great Court.
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