Ivory Plaques

On Display in the Assyrian Empire Gallery

Carved ivory plaques depicting a woman at the window (left) and a frontal-face winged sphinx (right) from the reign of Sargon II (721–705 BC), excavated at Khorsabad. OIM A22164, A22169 (D. 019142, D. 019146).

Clay Prism of Sennacherib

On Display in the Assyrian Empire Gallery

6-sided clay prism inscribed with the campaigns and building activities of Sennacherib (704–681 BC), dated "In Month of Tammuz, Eponymate of Gahilu, Governor of Hatarikka," ca. 689 BC, Nineveh (?). OIM A2793 (D. 020570, D. 020529, D. 020571).

The Dr. Norman Solhkhah Family Assyrian Empire Gallery features reliefs from the interior of the palace of king Sargon II at Khorsabad, including scenes of the king hunting by chariot, feasting, and the presentation of tribute. A highlight of the gallery is the Sennacherib Prism, a perfectly preserved record in cuneiform script of the reign of King Sennacherib of Assyria, including his sack of Jerusalem, and a relief of Assyrian soldiers excavated at Tell Tayinat.