Assyrian Images of Warfare

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Archer and Shieldbearer
Archer and Shieldbearer
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Battering Ram
Battering Ram
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City Under Siege
City Under Siege
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Assyrian Royal Hunt
Assyrian Royal Hunt
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King on Royal Hunt
King on Royal Hunt
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Men Pulling Boat
Men Pulling Boat
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Archer and Shieldbearer
Archer and Shieldbearer

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Archers and Shield Bearer

 

Date: ca 728 BC.

Place: Central Palace of Tiglath Pileser III, Nimrud, Assyria.

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England.

 

Tiglath Pilesar II or Pul makes an appearance in 2 Kings 15 & 16, 1 Chronicles 5 and 2 Chronicles 28. He was responsible for invading Israel during the reign of King Pekah. he also helped rescue King Ahaz of Judah from the armies of Aram.

 

Shieldbearers also feature in the Bible. The most familiar was the shieldbearer of Goliath who accompanied him on his battle with David (1 Samuel 17: 41).

Battering Ram
Battering Ram

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Battering Ram
Battering Ram

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Assyrian Battering Ram & Siege Ramp

 

Date: ca 728 BC.

Place: Central Palace of Tiglath Pileser III, Nimrud, Assyria [Iraq]

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England.

 

Tiglath Pilesar II or Pul makes an appearance in 2 Kings 15 & 16, 1 Chronicles 5 and 2 Chronicles 28. He was responsible for invading Israel during the reign of King Pekah. He also helped rescue King Ahaz of Judah from the armies of Aram.

 

 

City Under Siege
City Under Siege

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City Under Siege

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City Under Siege by Assyrians

 

Date: ca 728 BC.

Place: Central Palace of Tiglath Pileser III, Nimrud, Assyria [Iraq].

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England.

 

See previous image for information about Tiglath Pileser III.

 

This photograph shows the attack of a city, possibly in ancient Syria.

 

 

Assyrian Royal Hunt
Assyrian Royal Hunt

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Assyrian Royal Hunt
Assyrian Royal Hunt

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Assyrian Horsemen - From Scene of Royal Hunt

 

Date: 721 – 705 BC

Place: Palace of Sargon II, Khorsabad, Assyria [Iraq]

 

Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

 

Carved in alabaster.

 

 

King on Royal Hunt
King on Royal Hunt

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King on Royal Hunt

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Assyrian King in his Chariot  - From Scene of Royal Hunt

 

Date: 721 – 705 BC

Place: Palace of Sargon II, Khorsabad, Assyria [Iraq]

 

Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

 

Carved in alabaster

Sargon II is only mentioned once in the Bible in Isaiah 20:1.

 

 

Men Pulling Boat
Men Pulling Boat

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Alabaster Relief Showing Naked Men Pulling a Boat

 

Date: 721 – 705 BC

Place: Palace of Sargon II, Khorsabad

 

Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

 

Sargon’s artists were the first to use swirls to show the water. The boat appears to be loaded with logs, possibly being used to build his palace.

 

 

Porters Carrying Chariot
Porters Carrying Chariot

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Porters Carrying Chariot
Porters Carrying Chariot

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Porters Carrying a Chariot

 

Date: 721 – 705 BC.

Place: Palace of Sargon II, Khorsabad, Assyria [Iraq]

 

Photographed at the Louvre Museum, Paris, France.

 

 

Slingers
Slingers

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Assyrian Slingers

 

Date: ca. 700 - 692 BC.

Place: Southwest Palace of King Sennacherib, Nineveh, Assyria [Iraq].

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England

 

Sennacherib features prominantly in the Bible. See the section on the 'Siege of Lachish' and 'Hezekiah and Jerusalem' for further images and details.

 

 

Armour Bearer
Armour Bearer

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Armour Bearer
Armour Bearer

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Armour Bearer
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Archers and Armourbearer

 

Date: ca. 700 - 692 BC.

Place: Southwest Palace of king Sennacherib Room XIV, Nineveh, Assyria [Iraq].

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England

 

The scene on this relief is part of a scene showing the attack on a town called ...alammu. Sennacherib features prominantly in the Bible. See the section on the 'Siege of Lachish' and 'Hezekiah and Jerusalem' for further images and details.

 

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Carrying Head of Enemies
Carrying Head of Enemies

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Carrying Heads of Defeated Enemies

 

Date: ca. 700 - 692 BC.

Place: Southwest Palace of king Sennacherib, Nineveh, Assyria [Iraq].

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England

 

Sennacherib features prominantly in the Bible. See the section on the 'Siege of Lachish' and 'Hezekiah and Jerusalem' for further images and details.

 

Esarhaddon
Esarhaddon

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Esarhaddon Enemies
Esarhaddon Enemies

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Esarhaddon
Esarhaddon

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​​Victory Stele of Esarhaddon

 

Date: 681-669 BC.

Place: Assyria.

 

Photographed at the Pergamum Museum, Berlin, Germany.

 

Shows Esarhaddon with two vassal kings (one the king of Egypt) with hooks in their nose/mouth and attached to ropes. Essarhadon was the son of Sennacherib and is mentioned in 2 Kings 19:37, Ezra 4:2 and Isaiah 37:38. The practice of defeated kings being lead away with a hook in their nose is also found in the Bible eg. 2 Chronicles 33:11.

 

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Assyrian Bronze Gates
Assyrian Bronze Gates

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Assyrian Bronze Gates
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Assyrian Bronze Gate Post Reliefs

 

Date: 656 – 624 BC.

Place: Balawat, Assyria [Iraq]

 

Gates of Shalmaneser III

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

 

Stringing a Bow
Stringing a Bow

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Stringing Bows
Stringing Bows

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Stringing a Bow
Stringing a Bow

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​Stringing the Bows

 

Date: 645 - 635 BC.

Place: North Palace of King Ashurbanipal, Room c, Nineveh, Assyria [Iraq].

 

This photograph was take at the British Museum, London, England.

 

The Assyrian king Ashurbanipal is mentioned in the Bible in Ezra 4:10. He was responsible for the deporting and resettling of people in the region of Samaria.

 

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Archers and Bows
Archers and Bows

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Archers and Bows

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Preparing the King's Bows and Arrows

 

Date: 645 - 635 BC.

Place: North Palace of King Ashurbanipal, Room c, Nineveh, Assyria.

 

This photograph was take at the British Museum, London, England.

 

 

Assyrian Boats on Campaign
Assyrian Boats on Campaign

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Assyrian Boats on Campaign
Assyrian Boats on Campaign

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Assyrian Boats on Campaign
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Assyrian Boats on Campaign

 

Date: 640 – 620 BC.

Place: Court XIX, Southwest Palace, Nineveh [Iraq]

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

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Copper Gate Relief
Copper Gate Relief

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Copper Gate Relief

 

Date: 1st century BC.

Place: Assyria [Iraq]

 

Photographed at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.