Nineveh Palace

Nineveh palace, circa 640–620 B.C.E.  Gypsum relief,  The British Museum, London. Photograph by Joel LeMon.

In a scene from the South-West Palace in Nineveh, an Assyrian solider piles heads and other spoils of war amidst a grove of palm trees. The quantity and high quality of the accompanying booty underscores the value of the heads as memorials of domination.

Nineveh palace, circa 640–620 B.C.E.

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