Gypsum wall panel depicting a royal bull hunt in relief: the royal chariot is showing rushing to the right across a fallen bull. The warrior in the chariot is king Ashurnasirpal II himself, wearing the distinctive royal hat. Here, instead of shooting forwards, he has turned to deal with another bull that has charged the chariot from behind. The king grasps it by the horn, whilse driving his sword into its neck. The bull lies on the ground and the king rests his bow while pouring a triumphant libation of wine. On the left are two royal bodyguards with maces; another attendant holds a fan and another a sunshade. All are beardless eunuchs. The king wears an embroidered robe, crown, rosette wristlets, armlets, a necklace and a sword-sheath. An officer, presumably the next king Shalmaneser, faces the king; he is dressed much like the king. Behind him is the chief eunuch with a special headband and to the right a pair of musicians play harps. Behind the king rides an armed horseman, leading a mount for the king. This horseman has a rounded shield on his back, and one of his duties would have been to use it to protect the king. The royal horse has a saddlecloth woven with a kind of geometric pattern which is still widely seen in the Middle East today. Traces of such incised details, sometimes much more elaborate, can often be seen on clothes and other textiles in the Assyrian sculptures. There are traces of the standard inscription at the bottom of the slab.
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