|Glazed terracotta tile of an Assyrian King and attendants |
875-850 BC North-West Palace, Nimrud, Iraq
|Protective spirits - an Ugallu and probably the House God |
645-640 BC North Palace, Nineveh, Iraq
|Protective spirit an Ugallu|
In the mail this week I received I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria edited by Gareth Brereton, a great book of the exhibition currently on at the British Museum from 8 November 2018 until 24 February 2019. This has inspired me to dig out and post photos from our 2011 visit there. Identifying individual reliefs is a bit tricky and time consuming, seven years after the event, so I have only captioned those I'm fairly certain about! I highly recommend the book, if you are at all interested in Assyria, published by Thames & Hudson, the paperback version is 348 pages, lavishly illustrated with colour photos and maps and it has interesting text. I also would recommend the book of the 2017 exhibition, Scythians warriors of ancient Siberia, edited by St John Simpson and Svetlana Pankova, both books are really fascinating.
|Human-headed winged bull and attendant genie|
(alad-lammu or lammasu) c.710 BC Khorsabad, Iraq