Statuette of an Assyrian king

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian
9th century B.C. or early 20th century A.D.


Dimensions

Height: 24.3 cm (9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

38.1396

Medium or Technique

Baltic amber with gold breastplate

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The king stands on an elevated base. He is wearing a long robe to his feet. His feet can be seen through the robe. Details of the robe are incised. His hands are clasped together. A decorated gold inlay is on the middle of his chest. He wears a long stylized beard and wig. The general scholarly consensus is that this statue is not ancient.

Provenance

Said to have been found on the bank of the Tigris about 1875. By 1938: with Fahim Kouchakji; 1938: purchased by the MFA for $11,000.

(Accession date: October 13, 1938)

Credit Line

1931 Purchase Fund