Statuette of an Assyrian king
Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian
9th century B.C. or early 20th century A.D.
Height: 24.3 cm (9 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Baltic amber with gold breastplate
Not On View
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.
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)
1931 Purchase Fund