Tukul-apil-esharra III (commonly known as Tiglath-Pileser), a powerful king of Assyria, built a royal palace in his capital of Kalhu, now called Nimrud, in northern Iraq. Its principal rooms and courtyards were decorated with large relief sculptures designed to awe visitors to his court. The king's power and majesty were expressed in scenes of war, the hunt, and solemn court ceremonies. In this relief, Tukul-apil-esharra, wearing a tall headdress and holding a bow, is receiving three courtiers. A helmeted warrior prostrates himself at the king's feet. A servant with a fly whisk stands behind the royal figure. Horizontal lines of a cuneiform inscription describing a military campaign run just above the heads of the figures.
Artist Assyrian, Mesopotamian
Title
  • The Assyrian King Tukul-apil-esharra III (also called Tiglath-pileser III) Receiving Homage
Date 745 - 727 BCE
Medium gypsum alabaster
Dimensions Overall: 48 × 94 inches (121.9 × 238.8 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Ralph Harman Booth Bequest Fund
Accession Number 50.32
Department Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View Ancient Middle East Gallery, Level 1 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, cuneiform characters, in band above figures: [translated: I conquered the city of Sibur together with the cities of its environs. I carried off their booty. The man Tanus fled to the mountains. I offered pure libations to the god Marduk who dwells in Til-Ashuri.]
Hon. Robert Clive;
Earl of Plymouth.
(H. Kevorkian);
1950-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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