Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection


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 BCE.

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Type of Artwork


Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Near East

Height (cm/in)

88.9 cm / 35 in

Width (cm/in)

210.82 cm / 83 in

Depth (cm/in)

7.62 cm / 3 in


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture


This carved panel made for the Neo-Assyrian ruler King 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 panel is a bird of prey bearing a man's head in it's talons. There is also an inscription in cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, invented by the Sumerians around the year 3500 BCE.



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Assyrian Relief representing a Return after a Victory


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