Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has three reliefs from the palace built by Assurnasirpal II, King of Assyria from 883 BCE.
They lined the walls of the palace as decoration, magical protection and historical document. This talk will look at the reliefs in context, and how they came here.
In his 25 year reign Assurnasirpal, a brilliant soldier and administrator, built up the Assyrian Empire, put down provincial rebellions (very brutally), rebuilt the city of Nimrud as his northern capital, and carried out his duty as king to protect the land and people of Assyria.
This talk will look at the meaning of the carved reliefs, who was involved in making them, and at the archaeologists working at the site over the years.
You’ll also find out why Assurnasirpal needed 1,000 oxen, 14,000 imported fattened sheep and 500 gazelles, 10,000 loaves of bread and 10,000 jars of wine.
Speaker: Sue Giles, Former Senior Curator, World Cultures
How to take part
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