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


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

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On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



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)

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund and Gift of Horace L. Mayer