Assyrian reliefs at the British Museum

Sennacherib (704-681 BC) restoring peace in Babylon
As I mentioned in my last post, here are some photos of the Assyrian reliefs at the British Museum, that I took on our visit there last year. Hopefully they will inspire me in painting my Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian armies. The amazing collection at the British Museum comes from Ashurnasirpal II’s (883-859 BC) Northwest Palace at Nimrud, Tiglath-Pileser III’s (744-727 BC) Central Palace at Nimrud, Sargon II’s (721-705 BC) Palace at Khorsabad, Sennacherib’s (704-681 BC) Southwest Palace at Nineveh and Ashurbanipal’s (668-c.631 BC) Southwest Palace at Nineveh. Some of the photos are a bit mixed up in terms of chronology and place but for further information on the reliefs check out the British Museum Press books.

Colossal bull-lamassus (gate guardian)
Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) lion hunting


Ashurbanipal (668-c.631BC) lion hunting scenes



Assyrian sling stones the size of cricket balls