British Museum II: Assyrian Antiquities

May 10, 2012

From the ninth to the seventh century BCE, the Assyrians ruled an empire which eventually stretched from Mesopotamia to Egypt. While they may have been universally reviled for their brutal tactics, they at least left behind some beautiful, if often rather martial, reliefs:

Tukulti-apil-esharra AKA Tiglath-pileser III ruled the Assyrians from 745 to 727 BCE. Among his many achievements was the conquest of Babylon.

Depiction of a siege in Babylonia from Nimrud, ca. 728 BCE.

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Brooklyn Museum

July 19, 2010

Not much Greek or Roman material on display right now at the Brooklyn Museum but plenty of Egyptian stuff as well as some nice Assyrian reliefs.

Amenhotep II (circa 1426-1400 BCE)

Ashur-nasir-pal II (883-859 BCE)

Nefertiti, detail of the Wilbour Plaque (circa 1352-1336 BCE)

Relief blocks, tomb of Vizier Nespeqashuty (664-610 BCE)

Scribe statue of Amunhotep, son of Nebiry (circa 1426-1400 BCE)