- Museum number
Gypsum wall panel relief: part of a sequence, in this case showing horses in Sennacherib's bodyguard at Lachish, possibly with camp including tents, servants and standard.
- Production date
Height: 264.16 centimetres
Thickness: 15 centimetres
Width: 111.76 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This gypsum panel is part of a series which decorated the walls of a room in the palace of King Sennacherib (reigned 704-681 BC) at his Assyrian capital of Nineveh. The story continues from the previous panel of the relief (no. 13).
These three surviving slabs complete the royal entourage. The right-hand end shows more cavalry and chariots waiting behind the king. It also shows an aerial view of the Assyrian camp with its oval wall and defensive towers at intervals shown flattened out. Other Assyrian camps shown on reliefs were sometimes round or rectangular. The camp seems to have been methodically planned with a road running through the middle. There are two pavilions, like the one behind the king, and five open tents in which various activities can be seen, including the amusing scene of two men gossiping over a drink. The pair of chariots in one corner of the camp have a standard in each of them; these are the chariots of the gods, sometimes seen charging in battle. On this occasion two priests in tall hats are performing a ceremony; an incense burner stands higher than the priests, and a sacrificial leg of meat sits on an altar.
It was moulded for replication as a cast: 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".
In set with BM.124904-124915 (all 1856,0909.14)
In set with BM.124850-124857 (all 1856,0909.15).
- On display (G10a/sA)
- Exhibition history
2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Siege of Lachish
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AS.30 (ex)