Relief of captive Babylonian women
Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian
Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Sennacherib
Findspot: Iraq, Nineveh, South-West Palace
Width x length: 66 x 85 cm (26 x 33 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
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.
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)
Charles Amos Cummings Fund and Gift of Horace L. Mayer