Two Assyrian Officials at Khorsabad Palace

Two Assyrian officials from Khorsabad Palace, Court VIII
Reign of Sargon II, 721-705 B.C.E.
Excavated by the Oriental Institute, 1928-9
Gypsum (?), H: 308.0 cm, W: 249.7cm
OIM A7366
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry

King Sargon II's palace wall reliefs are huge. The smooth faces of the court officials denote they were eunuchs, (probably not an 'elective' surgery!) The one with his arm up is waving for the others in the procession to join him.

An ancient controversy, one formerly bearded and virile prince had his beard and special crown carved away in ancient times. Perhaps he was demoted from even being considered for kingship.