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Relief
NM Ant 0856 (NM Ant 2339)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

With the dangerous situation in Iraq and around Mosul near Nimrud at this time all cultural heritage sites are without protection. Reliefs left in Nimrud are damaged. Plundering is rampant throughout Iraq so every artefact saved is a masterpiece.

History of the Object
The more than two meter high relief is one of over 400 that once covered the walls of the major rooms in the Northwest palace of the Assyrian capital Calah (Biblical name) known today as Nimrud. Assurnarsirpal II, the Neo-Assyrian king who ruled between 883-859 BC built the palace and was the first to decorate his palace with limestone reliefs. In the middle of the 1880s the English excavated this relief: a winged male-protecting genie standing at a stylized tree. Across the middle section of this relief as on all the reliefs in the palace is a long cuneiform inscription about the war campaigns Assurnarsirpal conducted and how he built the palace.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Limestone 
Measurements
234 x 212 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iraq; Nimrud 
Geography
Iraq 
Time period
BCE 9th century ~ BCE 9th century 
Creation date
BC; 884-859 BC 
Function
Wall decoration, ritual protection and history telling 
Acquisition
Gift from the Widow Queen Josephina 1866 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Medelhavsmuseet - The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm. 
Museum
Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities 
Credit line
Text: Pat Marino, Photo: Ove Kaneberg. 

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