Alabaster wall panel relief: showing Ashurnasirpal II besieging a city by a river. Some Assyrians break through the lower walls; a wooden 'seige tower' has been brought up close to the wall of the city, and under its protection the king shoots his arrows at his enemies on the walls. Their main siege engine is under attack. The enemy have caught their battering lever on a chain; two Assyrians hold it in place with hooks. Torches are thrown but water is piped from the siege engine to quench the flames. Meanwhile the men in the lower part of the tower work the battering-ram; and the archers in the upper part of it send out flight after flight of arrows. To the left Assyrian soldiers are digging down the lower walls with iron crowbars. There is an inscription written in cuneiform script.
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