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.



Besieged Fortress Relief from Nimrud (#887)
Bas-relief from Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III
38 5/8 in. (98.11 cm)
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Provenance: ['] Excavated by Sir Henry Austen Layard, Nimrud, Iraq by 1851.[1] [I. Élias Géjou (1868–1942), Paris, '1920s or 1930s] [2]. [Galerie Bing, Paris, '1930s]. [Elie Borowski, Basel, Switzerland (until 1957), sold, December 1957, to the Minneapolis Institute of Art] [1] Layard excavated at Nimrud 1845-1847 and 1849-1851 on behalf of the British Museum [2] Identified in a photo album of artefacts belonging to Géjou, according to Dr Nadia Aït Saïd-Ghanem; see email in object file dated 6/23/22
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Besieged Fortress from the Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III (746-727 BC)