Gypsum wall panel in relief: the reeds and water on the left are original, from a scene that showed one of Sennacherib's campaigns in the marshes of Babylonia (southern Iraq). Running vertically down the panel, and drifting right towards the base, is a line of chiselling which deleted whatever was once carved on the right-hand side. What we see there now was carved over half a century later, by Ashurbanipal or one of his sons, perhaps Sinsharrishkun who also campaigned in Babylonia. The distinction between the two periods is clearest at the top, with different treatment of the water and fishes. On the right an Assyrian soldier, who carries a large shield wholly covering his body, and wears a corselet, is pursuing a member of the Babylonian cavalry whose horse rears as it reaches the reeds, integrating the original landscape into the later scene. The horse is in a natural position which is not represented elsewhere.
The plain left-hand edge of the panel would not have been c… (See Merlin record for full description)
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