Reign of Sargon II, 721-705 B.C.E.
Limestone - 2.492 M X 3.22 M
Excavated by the Oriental Institute, 1928-9
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!) |
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.