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Wounded Lionness

Detail from Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions, North Palace, Nineveh (Northern Iraq)
Cast of the original in the British Museum, London
Artist: Unknown Assyrian Artist Primary
Date: ca. 645 BCE
7th century BCE
Object Type: Relief Sculpture
Creation Place: Middle East, Iraq
Medium and Support: Plaster Cast
Credit Line: Gift of the Slater Memorial Museum, 2013.
Accession Number: 2019.04.27
On View: Elisabeth H. Schwabe Seminar Room, Bellarmine Hall LL 105

This cast is taken from a scene that is part of a series of reliefs from the palace of King Ashurbanipal in Ninevah in modern-day Iraq. This series depicts a royal hunt that took place within a hunting park near the North Palace. Scenes depicting kings hunting lions were important symbols of political power in the Assyrian Empire, demonstrating a king's ability to protect his people from both natural enemies as well as the chaotic supernatural forces they represent.

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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