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The defenses of the palace at Nineveh featured numerous protective spirits


The enigmatic face of an Assyrian composite guardian figure


Ashurbanipal's throne room

The British Museum has put some of the original color back into these figures from Ashurbanipal's throne room

A banquet at Nineveh

It wasn't all superstition and fear on the walls of Nineveh. Food and wine were also essential ingredients of the decor.

A dog's life in Nineveh

Dogs were an essential part of vicious hunts, usually for lions.

The fall of Nineveh

A mezzotint with etching by John Martin, 1829, depicting the fall of Nineveh

Victory over the Assyrians

This basalt image of an Elamite victory against the Assyrians came from Iran.

Torture by the Assyrians

More typical of this exhibition is this gypsum panel showing the torture of Elamites by the Assyrians
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