Lion Hunt Relief

Lion Hunt Relief

Date ca. 645 BCE

Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Assyrian

Provenance North Palace of Ashurbanipal, Nineveh

Housed at The British Museum, London


Lion hunts were common ceremonies amongst Assyrian rulers. This one here depicts slain lions cast about, while another makes a final, ennobled attempt of comeback, creating a striking diagonal line that connects with the spear lines of the King’s hunting party. By highlighting this animal’s ferocity, the sculptor emphasizes the King’s power.