Neo-Assyrian wall relief of Ashur

Wall relief depicting the God Ashur (Assur) inside a winged disc. 865-850 BCE. Alabaster,  The British Museum, London.

In the center of this alabaster wall relief Ashurnasirpal II appears twice, mirrored on each side of a sacred tree with his hands making a gesture of worship to the god Ashur. Ashur is shown in a winged disc with a ring in one hand: a symbol of god-given kingship. There are protective spirits on either side behind the king. This panel was displayed behind the throne at Ashurnasirpal II’s North-West Palace at Nimrud.


An Assyrian city located on the upper Tigris River, known as Kalhu in Assyiran and Calah in the Hebrew Bible. Nimrud was the capital of the Neo-Assyiran empire for much of the ninth and eighth centuries B.C.E., and its palaces have yielded stunning archaeological artifacts.

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