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Tribute from Mushki

Tribute from Mushki

This relief came from a corridor that connected the official and residential quarters of the palace of King Sargon II. It shows a procession of conquered peoples bearing tribute to the king from the far-flung reaches of the Assyrian empire. This section of the corridor shows beautifully rendered horses brought as tribute from King Mitâ (or Midas) of Mushki, in what is now central Turkey, led by their grooms. The men of Mushki are clearly distinguished from the Assyrian officials by their clothing (animal skins over their shoulder), style of hair and beard, and objects they carry.

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