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[British Museum] Wall panel relief showing the crossing of a river

Army crossing un river in coracles
5 April 2013 | by Francis Leveque | ref. : en.711.2013
Second quarter of IXe century BC | [en] sculpture
Nimrud (Kalhu), Mésopotamie ( Irak )
 

Gypsum wall panel relief (Panel 10) excavated from North West Palace, Room B Nimrud (Kalhu), Irak. Excavated by Sir Austen Henry Layard, shipped to England in H.M.S. ’Jumna’ after an adventurous earlier voyage in 1848 (cf. ’Athenaeum’ 1848, p.1152 f., no.14).

The panel shows the crossing of a river of Ashurnasirpal II’s army. Horses swim, led by grooms, while a chariot, bed and jar are carried on coracles (transport baskets). Figures are shown complete and not half submerged which is typical of Assyrian art. There is an inscription written in cuneiform script.

Width: 213.36 centimetres
Height: 91.44 centimetres

Date
865BC-860BC

 
                 


Bibliography :


E.A.W. Budge, Assyrian Sculptures in the British Museum, Reign of Ashur-nasir-pal, 885-890 B.C, British Museum Press, London , 1914, pl. XXI.2
C.J. Gadd, The Stones of Assyria: the surviving remains of Assyrian sculpture, their recovery, and their original positions, Chatto and Windus, London , 1936, p. 134
A.K. Grayson, Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC, I (1114-859 BC) (RIMA), University of Toronto Press, Toronto , 1991, n° 101.23.33
 
 
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