Northern Mesopotamia / Relief: king and eunuch attendant / 883-859 BCNorthern Mesopotamia
Relief: king and eunuch attendant
883-859 BC

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Mesopotamian
Creator Name-CRT: Northern Mesopotamia
Title: Relief: king and eunuch attendant
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -88
Creation End Date: -85
Creation Date: 883-859 BC
Creation Place: Northern Mesopotamia
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Alabaster (gypsum)
Dimensions: H. 92.3 in. (234.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 32.143.4
Credit Line: Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1932

The palace rooms at Nimrud were decorated with large stone slabs carved in low relief, with brightly painted walls and ceilings and sculptural figures guarding the doorways. The throne room contained narrative scenes commemorating the military victories of Ashurnasirpal, while in other areas of the palace were protective figures and images of the king and his retinue performing ritual acts.

On this relief slab the king Ashurnasirpal II wears the royal crown, a conical cap with a small peak and a long diadem. He holds a bow, a symbol of his authority, and a ceremonial bowl. Facing him, a eunuch, the 'beardless one,' carries a fly whisk and a ladle for replenishing the royal vessel. The peaceful, perhaps religious, character of the scene is reflected in the dignified composure of the figures.

AMICA ID: MMA_.32.143.4
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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