Gypsum wall panel depicting the celebration after a bull hunt in relief: the bull lies on the ground, and Ashurnasirpal rests his bow while pouring a triumphant libation of wine. The Royal cahriot travels to the right, and the horses wear saddlecloths with geometric patterns. On the left are two royal bodyguards, both carrying maces as symbols of authority in addition to their arms. The figure carrying a sunshade, who also has a quiver, would be the bearer of the king's bow. Another figure is waving a fan or fly-whisk in front of the king; he has a towel over his left shoulder. All these four are beardless, and may therefore be identified as eunuchs. The king, like his attendants, wears what is basically a simple short-sleeved tasselled robe, with traces of incised embroidery. An apron hanging down his back from his wide belt was to help prevent chafing against the edge of the chariot cab. He wears the standard royal crown with diadem; on his arms are rosette wristlets and plain armlets like those of his attendants, though royal armlets more usually ended in animal-heads; his bead necklace is balanced by a tassel at the back of the neck. His sword-sheath is attached to a strap over his right shoulder; the purpose of the double tassels which hang down in front of him and behind remains unclear. He is pouring his libation from a gadrooned bowl of a kind which continued in fashion even after the Assyrian period. The officer facing the king is the crown prince, presumably the next king, Shalmaneser. He is dressed much as the king, but with only the diadem on his head. The man behind him may be the chief eunuch, with a specific headband to mark his office. Both have their hands crossed in a distinctive gesture used by courtiers in the royal presence. To the right a pair of musicians are playing on nine-stringed horizontal harps.
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