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Gypsum wall panel relief: showing prisoners from the town of Alammu. In the lower register Assyrian soldiers and auxiliaries bring the heads of slain prisoners to an officer of the king's guard carrying a long staff and large round shield; they are followed by prisoners handcuffed to the belt, one being executed en route, and women with children who, judging from their dress, are of Syrian type. The scene is set between a river plentiful in fish and a row of trees and vines which point to Syria or a western land. The careful distinctions made in the equipment of the soldiery are interesting. The auxiliaries wearing crested helmets carry round shields which seem to be wicker-work, and long pikes; they wear the knee-covering represented by hatching. One type of bowman is bareheaded, with a decorated fillet, and has no corselet, and the one executing a prisoner has crossed straps to hold the short skirt. The prisoners have over their plain shirts a shorter cloak of some other material, apparently woven.
In the upper register two scribes are recording, one on a tablet and another on a parchment (?) roll, heads brought by auxiliaries.
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Width: 244.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
In set with 1851,0902.16 (BM.124787)
The only important western campaign in Sennacherib's reign was the reduction of Palestine in 700 B.C., and to this campaign the subject of the slabs in room XIV (wall panels 1851,0902.17 (BM. 124786), 1851,0902.16 (BM. 124787) and 1851,0902.21 (BM. 124784), were once assigned, and the city . . . 'alammu', identified as Jerusalem. Since the Lachish sculptures which quite certainly illustrated this campaign were in another room, no confidence can be felt in this attribution.
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- Middle East
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Miscellaneous number: NG.27-28 (ex)