Reign of Sargon II, 721-705 B.C.E.
Excavated by the Oriental Institute, 1928-9
Gypsum (?), H: 308.0 cm, W: 249.7cm
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry
King Sargon II's palace wall reliefs are huge. The smooth faces of the court officials denote they were eunuchs, (probably not an 'elective' surgery!) The one with his arm up is waving for the others in the procession to join him.|
An ancient controversy, one formerly bearded and virile prince had his beard and special crown carved away in ancient times. Perhaps he was demoted from even being considered for kingship.