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Exclusive to the Museum: a gold and metal enamel inspired by a wall panel relief showing King Ashurbanipal and his royal lion hunt.

Ashurbanipal’s prowess as a warrior is recorded on a series of reliefs depicting the royal lion hunt, a drama-filled public spectacle staged at the hunting grounds in Nineveh. Ashurbanipal is shown fulfilling this royal duty by hunting ferocious lions. In Assyria the lion represented all that was wild and dangerous in the world. Backed by the gods who endowed Ashurbanipal with outstanding strength, the skilled hunter confronts lions from his chariot, on horseback and on foot.

The gypsum wall panel relief can be found in the Museum’s own collection, read more here.

More about the exhibition

The BP exhibition I am Ashburbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria. (8 November 2018 – 24 February 2019) tells the story of Ashurbanipal through the British Museum’s unparalleled collection of Assyrian treasures and rare loans.

Ashurbanipal was king of the Assyrian empire and is thought to be its last great ruler. At the time of his reign (669–c. 631 BC), Assyria was the largest empire in the world, stretching from Cyprus in the west to Iran in the east, and at one point even included Egypt. The exhibition explores Ashurbanipal’s world through spectacular displays that evoke his palace and highlights the importance of preserving Iraq’s rich cultural heritage for future generations.

  • Product Code: CMCV63930
  • Dimension: 4.5cm
  • SUBTITLE: British Museum
  • Material: gold and metal enamel
  • Weight: 0.03 Kg

Exclusive to the Museum: a gold and metal enamel inspired by a wall panel relief showing King Ashurbanipal and his royal lion hunt.

Ashurbanipal’s prowess as a warrior is recorded on a series of reliefs depicting the royal lion hunt, a drama-filled public spectacle staged at the hunting grounds in Nineveh. Ashurbanipal is shown fulfilling this royal duty by hunting ferocious lions. In Assyria the lion represented all that was wild and dangerous in the world. Backed by the gods who endowed Ashurbanipal with outstanding strength, the skilled hunter confronts lions from his chariot, on horseback and on foot.

The gypsum wall panel relief can be found in the Museum’s own collection, read more here.

More about the exhibition

The BP exhibition I am Ashburbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria. (8 November 2018 – 24 February 2019) tells the story of Ashurbanipal through the British Museum’s unparalleled collection of Assyrian treasures and rare loans.

Ashurbanipal was king of the Assyrian empire and is thought to be its last great ruler. At the time of his reign (669–c. 631 BC), Assyria was the largest empire in the world, stretching from Cyprus in the west to Iran in the east, and at one point even included Egypt. The exhibition explores Ashurbanipal’s world through spectacular displays that evoke his palace and highlights the importance of preserving Iraq’s rich cultural heritage for future generations.

  • Product Code: CMCV63930
  • DIMENSIONS: 4.5cm
  • Weight: 0.03 Kg
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