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Stone column base: miniature carved cushion-shaped column base on a pedestal, one of two bases of columns, perhaps from a window.
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Diameter: 22.20 centimetres (column base)
Height: 8.60 centimetres (pedestal)
Height: 21.60 centimetres (total height)
Width: 37.80 centimetres (pedestal)
Depth: 27 centimetres (pedestal)
- Curator's comments
Columns were not popular in Assyrian architecture; occasional pairs in doorways or facades from 8thC BC. A similar column base was found in the so-called Nobleman's house" at Khorsabad ("Amenities of an Assyrian lord's house", 'The Illustrated London News' 28 September 1935, p. 505). A plaster cast of this object is displayed on the opposite side of the doorway to the gallery to the "lion hunt" scene, as two were originally found by Smith, the second being presented by him to the Ottoman authorities and therefore sent to Istanbul (Smith, "Account of Recent Excavations and Discoveries made on the Site of Nineveh", 'PSBA' 3, 1874, p.453).
The companion base is in the Istanbul Museum of the Ancient Near East.
- On display (G10a/sC)
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