- Museum number
- Object: The Banquet Scene
Gypsum wall panel relief fragment; carved in low relief; the topmost register is represented by the 'Garden Scene' with birds and a locust in the trees, showing (from left to right) two women holding napkins and fanning the queen with fly-whisks; two more each bring a dish, which they protect with a fly-whisk, towards the enthroned queen and reclining king, who feast in the arbour amid the vines, conifers and palms, hung with the grisly trophies of victory, consisting of the head and hand holding a wand of Teumman, king of Elam. The hands of a woman drummer and a woman harpist can be seen amid the palms and conifers. Behind the king stand two more ladies holding napkins and fanning him, and behind them is a table holding his sword, bow and quiver. The furniture is very elaborate.
- Production date
Length: 58.42 centimetres
Width: 139.70 centimetres
Depth: 15.24 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Carved gypsum wall panel relief fragment: showing a garden scene with birds and a locust in the trees. The king has left his weapons on a table to the right; he reclines on a sofa beneath a vine and his queen sits opposite him; they are drinking and refreshments are on the table. Maids fan the royal couple; others bring food or play music. Suspended from a tree behind the queen is the head of Teumman, king of Elam. The furniture is very elaborate. The faces of the king and queen were mutilated in 612 BC by soldiers ransacking Nimrud. Guralnick has also noted heavy weathering on the costume of Assurbanipal (paper given at the RAI, London, 2003).
In set with 1856,0909.56 (BM.124922)
In set with 1856,0909.55 (BM.124794)
In set with 1969,0416.1-6 (BM.135115-135120).
A plaster cast of detail was made by BMCo (no.21): type cast stored with ANE casts at Blythe House (November 2006). 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 (G30/od)
- Exhibition history
2018-2019, 8 Nov - 24 Feb, London, BM, I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria
2014-2015 22 Sep-5 Jan, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age'
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 121 (ex AS)