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Relief Fragment of King Ashurnasirpal II

Relief Fragment of King Ashurnasirpal II

This relief fragment provides a close-up of King Ashurnasirpal II, identifiable by his fez-shaped cap topped by a conical spike. Originally, this fragment formed part of a larger scene in which the king, grasping a bow, stood ready to pour a libation from a cup. Facing the king was an attendant who carried a fly-whisk used to banish insects from his royal highness. This example not only shows the detail of these reliefs, but also the power of the king represented by his great beard and bold features.

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