Statue of King Ashurnasirpal II, from Nimrud, Temple of Ishtar, 875-860 BCE. A rare surviving example of an Assyrian sculpture in the round. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
Statue of King Ashurnasirpal II.
The Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet VI, 7th century BCE. One of the great compositions of world literature, it tells a universal story of one man’s heroic quest for immortality. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Headdress, Royal Cemetery, Ur, c. 2500 BCE. Worn by one of the many female attendants in a tomb known as the "King’s Grave." © The Trustees of the British Museum.
Bead head-dress with gold leaf pendants, c. 2500 BCE
Striding Lion relief (c.750-539 BCE) from the ROM's collection, once adorned the façade of the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar II (604–562 BCE) in Babylon. © Royal Ontario Museum.
Lyre, Royal Cemetery of Ur (c. 2650 – 2550 BCE). Early Mesopotamian funerary rituals are represented on the plaque below the bull’s head. Generously loaned to the ROM by © the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
The Great Lyre (Gold, lapis, and shell)
The Dying Lion, from Nineveh, North Palace, c. 645–640 BCE. Originally part of a larger relief panel on which King Ashurbanipal was shown hunting lions in his chariot. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
The Dying Lion