In ancient Assyria, lion-hunting was considered the sport of kings, symbolic of the duty of the ruling monarch to protect and fight for his people. The sculpted reliefs illustrate the sporting exploits of the last great Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal (668-631 BC) and were created for his palace at Nineveh (in modern-day northern Iraq).The Royal Lion HuntAssyrian c. 645-635 BCNineveh, North Palace.Iraq.
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January 21st, 2019
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