Relief of Ashurnasir

Relief of Ashurnasir
Neo-Assyrian Period, reign of Ashur-nasir-pal II (circa 883-859 B.C.)
Iraq, Nimrud (Kalhu)
Alabaster,
Purchased with funds given by Hagop Kevorkian and the Kevorkian foundation
Brooklyn # 55.155
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry

From museum website:
"We can distinguish Ashur-nasir-pal II from his protective genies by the kingís unique crown. The basic design is a low tapering cap resembling a modern Turkish fez; it represents the ruler as chief official of the kingdom. The spike projecting from the top symbolizes the king as warrior, and the broad sash wrapped around the crown reflects his elevated status in Assyrian society. Here the king is shown holding a bowl and a hunterís bow. The bowl was used for offering libations; the bow and bowl together may refer to a hunting ritual. Archaeological excavations throughout the ancient Near East have revealed numerous examples of real bowls of this type in copper, bronze, silver, and gold."

My photo above obscures the king somewhat, so I turn to an adaptation of a museum curator photo so we can see his details better: