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Relief of captive Babylonian women

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This scene depicts the deportation of defeated Babylonians to Assyria after one of Sennacherib's early campaigns against the Babylonian king Marduk-apla-iddina II (Merodach-Baladan). At center, a woman stops to give water to a small child from a water skin.


From Nineveh (Kuyunjik), South-West Palace, Room XIX, slab 3. By 1851: excavated by Sir Austin 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; 1959: purchased by the MFA through Spink and Son. (Accession Date: November 16, 1959)

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund and Gift of Horace L. Mayer

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

Object Place for Label


Nineveh, Iraq


Width x length: 66 x 85 cm (26 x 33 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief