Gypsum wall panel relief: a horseman, moving ?, is attacked by two mounted Assyrians. He has short straight hair ending in curls and his short curly beard shows two lines of straight hair near its end. He wears a fringed tunic held by a multiple girdle, low boots, and a helmet with earflaps and a plate-like crest. Around his neck hangs what seems to be a cord with a triangular amulet(?). Turning back against his pursuers, he raises his right arm to beg for quarter. His horse rears, struck with two spears. Its trappings are very similar to that of the following Assyrian horses, except that the decoration on top of its head has only two tassels, and that instead of three tassels a bell hangs on the plaited collar. This is one of the very few studies of a horse in a pose other than conventional. Of the pursuing Assyrians only their feet and the foreparts of the horses are preserved. There are a few signs remaining from two lines of the inscription.
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