Ashurbanipal and horse plaque

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A handmade resin plaque depiciting details from the lion hunts reliefs, excavated from the North Palace in Nineveh, Iraq (645–635 BC).

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. As the king was the divinely appointed protector of his realm it was his duty to maintain order in the world by defeating the forces of chaos.

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.

King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (r. 668-c.631 BC) was the most powerful man on earth. He described himself in inscriptions as ‘king of the world’, and his reign from the city of Nineveh (now in northern Iraq) marked the high point of the Assyrian Empire, which stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran.

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

  • Product Code: CMCR64680
  • Dimension: 29cm x 21cm
  • SUBTITLE: British Museum
  • Material: Resin
  • Details: Handmade in the UK
  • Weight: 0.30 Kg

A handmade resin plaque depiciting details from the lion hunts reliefs, excavated from the North Palace in Nineveh, Iraq (645–635 BC).

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. As the king was the divinely appointed protector of his realm it was his duty to maintain order in the world by defeating the forces of chaos.

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.

King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (r. 668-c.631 BC) was the most powerful man on earth. He described himself in inscriptions as ‘king of the world’, and his reign from the city of Nineveh (now in northern Iraq) marked the high point of the Assyrian Empire, which stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran.

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

  • Product Code: CMCR64680
  • DIMENSIONS: 29cm x 21cm
  • Weight: 0.30 Kg
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