Besieged Fortress from the Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III (746-727 BC)

Bas-relief from Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III, 746–727 BCE

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This Assyrian relief of a city under siege comes from the palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Nimrud. English archaeologist and diplomat Sir Austen Layard unearthed it during a mid-19th-century excavation. Two Assyrian soldiers mounting a ladder at the left attack the fortifications; one spears a man on a turret as an ally of the victim throws down stones. Two other soldiers are falling from the towers of the upper and lower gates on the right.

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Besieged Fortress Relief from Nimrud (#887)
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Title
Bas-relief from Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III
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Dimension
38 5/8 in. (98.11 cm)
Accession Number
57.42
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Besieged Fortress from the Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III (746-727 BC)