Assurbanipal and His Queen in the Garden

Pg. 80 Fig. 2-24


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Assurbanipal ruled Mesopotamia from 669 bce to 627 bce. He claimed Nineveh as his capital. In his capital he decorated with alabaster panels carved with pictorial narratives in low relief. Most of these show the king and his subjects in battle or hunting. One in particular however shows king and the queen in a pleasure garden. A Egyptian necklace hangs from the couch. This may symbolize the Egyptian takeover in 663 bce. This actually is a victory celebration. The heads of the king's enemies hang from the tree as a form of psychological warfare.  As a gift from his generals the king would display this as a trophy.

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