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

Room 7: daily, 11.00–15.00
Room 8: daily, 10.00–17.00 (Fridays: 20.30)
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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.

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Get up close to the intricate reliefs on display in Rooms 7–8, which come from King Ashurnasirpal II's (883–859 BC) sumptuous Northwest Palace at Nimrud.

Walls lined with reliefs from Nimrud. ©2020 Google.


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