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Miniature Museum Replicas from the Great Empires of the Ancient World (Includes Biblical Artifacts)     
EMPIRES: Assyria Babylon Persia Greece Rome -- KINGDOMS: Egypt Israel
Build a Fortress
Build Your Own Ancient Fortress

Walls and Towers
Decorative Items

Assyria

Biblical
King Jehu Relief
Jehu Relief

Biblical
Stone Sculpture of a Winged Lamassu,  from Khorsabad
Winged Lamassu

Biblical
Tiglath-Pileser III Fragment of a gypsum tablet from the palace of Nimrud.
Tiglath-Pileser III

Biblical
Sargon II in Royal Fashion Limestone Sculpture
Sargon II

Biblical
Relief of King Ashurbanipal Reposing with His Queen in the Royal Garden
Ashurbanipal Feasting

Biblical
Detail of Hebrew captives playing music, from Lachish, wandering through a mountain forest, accompanied by an Assyrian warrior carrying a club
Hebrew Captives

Biblical
Sargon II and his Tartan
Sargon II and Tartan

Biblical
Trodden Under Foot
Trodden Under Foot

Biblical
Relief of Tiglath-Pileser III in Chariot
Tiglath-Pileser in Chariot 

Biblical
Relief of Slaves in a Quarry
Forced Quarry Labor

Winged bull with human head, from the palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad
Winged Bull Guardian

Winged human-headed bull colossus from Khorsabad
Human Headed Bull

Stone Sculpture of Hero Grasping Lion, from Khorsabad
Hero Grasping Lion

Alabaster lion from entrance to temple of Ninurta at Nimrud, reign of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC)
Assyrian Lion

Biblical
Sargon II and a high official
Sargon and High Official

Biblical
Relief from Ashurnasirpal II's palace at Nimrud of a winged genius with an eagle's head
Eagle-Headed Deity

Biblical
Assyrian King Hunting
King Hunting

Lachish Captives
Lachish Captives

Assyrian Slinger (Stonethrower)
Assyrian Slinger


Ashurbanipal Hunting

Biblical
The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III
The Black Obelisk

Biblical
Sennacherib's Hexagonal Prism of Baked Clay also know as the Taylor Prism
Sennacherib's Prism

Assyrian Soldier Holding Shield
Assyrian Soldier 1

Assyrian Soldier Holding Spear
Assyrian Soldier 2

The below images are rated M for excessive violence.
Below images are rated M for violence

Biblical
Relief of Ashurbanipal Stabbing Lion With Sword
King Stabbing Lion

Relief of Siege Scene with Battering-Ram and Impaled Bodies, gypsum, Palace of Tiglath-pileser III
Battering Ram

Relief depicting the siege of a fortified city
Siege Relief

Assyrian Archers
Assyrian Archers

Biblical
Assyrian King Blinding Prisoners
Blinding Prisoners

Impaled Prisoners
Impaled Prisoners


Babylon

The Striding Lion on the Ishtar Gate of Babylon
The Striding Lion

Biblical
The Weld-Blundell Prism
Weld-Blundell Prism

 

 

Relief of Siege Scene with Impaled Bodies

Relief of Siege Scene with Battering-Ram and Impaled Bodies, gypsum, Palace of Tiglath-pileser III, Nimrud, h: 91cm
From the Neo-Assyrian Period, 1000 BCE - 612 BCE
Found in Nimrud
Covered in lecture on Sep 23rd, 2004
The Neo-Assyrians often portrayed themselves as ruthless, violent and bloodthirsty in palace reliefs, as the above relief perfectly demonstrates. In the scene, taken from the palace of Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BCE) at Nimrud, a fierce battle is depicted with a battering ram destroying the sieged city's fortress; Assyrian soldiers slitting the throats of prisoners; and the impaled bodies of the enemy post-battle. In the foreground Assyrian soldiers aim their bows and arrows towards those still remaining alive at the top of the ramparts.

Assyrian archers and a siege engine with a battering ram converge on a walled city. The fortifications are being destroyed as the enemy holds his hands up for mercy. The Assyrian sculptors made great efforts to depict even the most gruesome details of war.

Relief depicting the siege of a fortified city. The iron-clad wooden battering-ram has two beams fitted with iron tips to break bricks from the wall. Behind it, on the wall, is a man pleading for mercy, behind him are naked men impaled on stakes, with fallen soldiers lying in a wooded background. The army commander who wears the sword is firing an arrow, beside him is a large standing shield.

These ancient sculptures with their wealth of detail enable us to see a glimpse into the past and observe the cruelty of the Assyrians who fell upon the northern kingdom, destroying and plundering. An officer in a long coat and a soldier are fighting behind a shield higher than themselves. In front of them a powerful mobile battering ram is being driven up a ramp specially built for an attack on the walls, which it has already breached. In the background three men have been impaled. On the left, soldiers are storming the fortress on scaling ladders.

"And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers." - Ezekiel 26:9 (Though this was originally spoken of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, it gives us insight into this warfare that was used by the Assyrians.)

"And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be [a place] to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken [it], saith the Lord GOD." - Ezekiel 26:14

 

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