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Relief: battle scene

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This relief illustrates a skirmish between Assyrians and Iranian hill tribesmen from the East. Small bands of archers, protected by shield bearers, attempt to repulse the Assyrian cavalry (right), while Assyrian pike men and bow men (left) scale a steep incline, probably in assault on a...

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From Nineveh (Kuyunjik), South-West Palace, Room XIX, slab 3. By 1851: excavated by Henry Layard (probably 1849-51) and taken to Canford Manor, home of Sir John Guest, Layard's father-in-law. 1959: sold at Sotheby and Company, November 16, 1959; purchasedby the MFA through Spink and Son. (Accession Date: November 16, 1959)

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sennacherib, 705–681 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Nineveh, Iraq


Width x length: 64 x 84.5 cm (25 3/16 x 33 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief