Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq

  • through September 5, 2022
  • The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, California
Assyrian kings in the ninth to seventh centuries BCE decorated their palaces with masterful relief sculptures that represent a high point of Mesopotamian art, both for their artistic quality and sophistication as well as the vivid depictions of warfare, rituals, mythology, hunting and other aspects of Assyrian court life. The importance of these ancient treasures has only increased with the recent destructions of reliefs that remain in Iraq.
The Trustees of the British Museum
Royal Lion Hunt (detail), Assyrian, 875–860 BCE, Kalhu (Nimrud), Northwest Palace, reign of Ashurnasirpal II, gypsum. British Museum, London, 1849, 1222.8, 1849.

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