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Fragment of a Processional Relief

The Assyrians settled in northern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) in approximately 2000 BC, and, from there, they established a large empire stretching from the eastern Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. This sculptural fragment is from a late period of Assyrian rule (ca. 800 to 500 BC), but it reflects a long tradition of ceremonial relief decoration. Probably made to embellish a palace or public building, it is part of a frieze that depicted a procession.

Assyrian(Mesopotamia)
Fragment of a Processional Relief
ca. 800–500 BC
Alabaster
H. 5 9/16 in. (14.1 cm), W. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Frank Edmondson, 70.52