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Gypsum 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.
- Production date
Height: 91.44 centimetres
Length: 215.90 centimetres
- Inscription subject
- Curator's comments
In set with 1847,0623.7 (BM.124556)
In set with 1848,1104.20 (BM.124552)
In set with 1848,1222.6 (BM.124549)
In set with 1849,0502.8 (BM.124547)
In set with 1849,0502.7 (BM.124545)
In set with 1848,1104.8 (BM.124543)
In set with 1849,1222.22 (BM.124541)
In set with 1847,0623.10 (BM.124537)
Part of K.8543.
The cast is listed as available in the British Museum Facsimile Service 'Catalogue of Replicas from British Museum collections' (n.d.), in the series "Assyrian Bas-Reliefs".
- On display (G7)
- Exhibition history
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Found by Layard about May 1846; despatched from the site in December 1846; sent from Basra to Bombay in the 'Clive', thence to England on H.M.S. 'Meeanee' in August 1849.
- Middle East
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: NG.14b (ex Nimrud Gallery)