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Assyrian Gallery: Khorsabad

Some the best reliefs from the palace of Assyrian king Sargon II (721-705 B.C.) are shown in this area. The large relief to the right shows the crown prince, Sennacherib, son of Sargon, with a courtier. The king in his chariot traveling through woods and across rivers is the theme of the relief on the opposite wall. A large slab of gypsum that served as a threshold in one of the most important residences at Khorsabad can be seen between the reliefs. It is carved with floral designs, probably in imitation of a carpet. The door into the Mesopotamian hall is flanked by a pair of statues of gods holding vessels from which flow streams of water, which may represent fertility.

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