Alabaster wall panel relief: showing part of a court scene. A royal eunuch attendant offers a bowl of wine to the king. Behind him is a four-winged protective spirit, wearing the two-horned cap, and holding in his hands objects used in connexion with the ceremony of fertilizing the date-palm. There are traces of paint on the sandals. The clothes have incised patterns, including a palm with a rampant horned animal on each side of it, the palm with winged protective spirits in the character of fertilizers of the palm, and a winged, horned animal with its head turned behind. Ashurnasirpal II is also shown holding up in each hand a wild bull, head downwards, by a hind-leg. There is an inscription written in cuneiform script. The panel is part of a group showing court scene with Ashurnasirpal II enthroned between attendants and flanked by winged protective spirits.
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