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Assyrian Gallery: Khorsabad
The capital city founded by King Sargon II (721-705 B.C.) at a site now known as Khorsabad, in modern Iraq, was excavated by the Oriental Institute from 1928 to 1935. Most of the great carved stone slabs in this gallery came from the palace in the city, which was known in ancient times as Dur-Sharrukin ("Fort Sargon"). This alcove gives background about Khorsabad, including plans and reconstructions of the palace. To the right is one of the reliefs that lined the palace walls, showing a groom leading a horse. To the left, near the window, is a relief showing Assyrian soldiers towing a boat through shallow water during a military campaign above a fragment of the throne base of Sargon II. To the left is a relief fragment showing the head of a genie that the Oriental Institute expedition found in the modern village being used as a chopping block.
Revised: February 19, 2007