Detail from Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions, North Palace, Nineveh (Northern Iraq)
Cast of the original in the British Museum, LondonArtist: Unknown Assyrian Artist Primary
You can see images of the original relief on the British Museum's website here . To learn more about lion hunting in the ancient Near East, you can read this essay
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