Relief of captive Babylonian women

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian
Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sennacherib
705–681 B.C.


Findspot: Iraq, Nineveh, South-West Palace

Dimensions

Width x length: 66 x 85 cm (26 x 33 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

60.133

Medium or Technique

Limestone

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This scene depicts the deportation of defeated Babylonians to Assyria after one of Sennacherib’s early campaigns against the Babylonian king Marduk-apla-iddina II (Merodach-Baladan). At center, a woman stops to give water to a small child from a water skin.

Provenance

From Nineveh (Kuyunjik), South-West Palace, Room XIX, slab 3. By 1851: excavated by Sir Austin Henry Layard (probably 1849-51) and taken to Canford Manor, home of Sir John Guest, Layard's father-in-law; 1959: sold at Sotheby and Company, November 16, 1959; 1959: purchased by the MFA through Spink and Son.
(Accession Date: November 16, 1959)

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund and Gift of Horace L. Mayer