Assyrian Lion

In this alabaster bas-relief, the king’s chariot is chasing lions. The king holds a bow an shoots arrows towards a succession of lions. A dead lioness appear beneath the chariot’s galloping horses. The two royal attendants are warding off a lion attacking from behind. From Room C of the North Palace, Nineveh (modern-day Kouyunjik, Mosul Governorate), Mesopotamia, Iraq. Circa 645-535 BCE. The British Museum, London. Photo © Osama S.M. Amin.