Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection
Assyrian Relief representing a Return after a Victory

Assyrian Relief representing a Return after a Victory

Morehead State University. Camden-Carroll Library.

This carved panel made for the Neo-Assyrian ruler Ashurnasirpal II was originally displayed in his palace in the ancient city of Nimrud. The gypsum wall panel shows the return of the Assyrian army in triumph carrying their standards. Assyrian soldiers count and stack the heads of the enemy, while musicians play stringed instruments. In the upper part of the relief is a bird of prey bearing a man's head in its talons. There is also an inscription in cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, invented by the Sumerians around the year 3500 B.C.E.


A plaster cast of a relief panel found at the ruins of King Ashurnasirpal II's palace. Original housed in the British Museum, circa 9th century B.C.E.