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Assyrian Gallery: Amuq and Khorsabad
This alcove of materials from the Amuq valley region of southeastern Turkey is flanked by reliefs from the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II (721-705 B.C.). The small case to the left of the relief on the left contains two important stone statues, of a man and a woman, dating from about 1300 B.C. They were recovered from Tell Fakhariyah in the Amuq. A basalt sphinx done in the Neo-Hittite style (ca. 800 B.C.) is exhibited next to the relief on the opposite wall. The ceramics in the large free-standing case are particularly important because they provided the key to establishing a basic chronology for the region. The top of a great column base from Tell Ta'yinat is in the foreground. Examples of stone and metal working from southeast Turkey can be seen on the wall outside the alcove.
Revised: February 19, 2007