Description This relief from King Ashurbanipal's palace at Nineveh shows an Assyrian soldier kneeling next to a besieged Elamite city wall. Holding his round shield over him for protection, he scrapes at the mud-brick fortification with his dagger in order to weaken the structure. During Ashurbanipal's reign in the final years of Assyria's military glory, large-scale siege scenes covered the palace walls.
Provenance [Nineveh, North Palace, Room F, slab 15, uncovered ca. 1854-56]; Ugo Jandolo, Rome, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer, New York and Paris, 1925, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. P2318]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927
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