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In ancient Assyria, lion hunting was a kingly sport. Overcoming the wild ferocity of a lion asserted a king’s ability to keep his people safe from the forces of chaos in the world.

#Ashurbanipal recorded his lion-hunting exploits in a series of reliefs that once decorated his palace at Nineveh (in modern-day Iraq). The reliefs are remarkable pieces of sculpture, representing the king’s lion hunts in incredible – and sometimes gory – detail.

See these amazing objects and experience ancient Assyria like never before in our major #Ashurbanipal exhibition – book tickets via the link in our bio.

#BritishMuseum #Assyria #history #AncientHistory #sculpture #lion #king
@botanicappetite
@botanicappetite
26.01.2019 12:35:44

How long will this exhibit be running?

Mary Peat (@maryginface)
Mary Peat (@maryginface)
25.01.2019 20:09:27

I would love to see this. My dad used to translate assyrian tablets for you many moons ago. How long is it on for....

Muhannad Al-atraqchi (@_m__m.9)
Muhannad Al-atraqchi (@_m__m.9)
25.01.2019 17:39:34

🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶 the great Iraq 🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶🇮🇶

Roozbeh (@roozbeh.ettehad)
Roozbeh (@roozbeh.ettehad)
25.01.2019 16:53:32

And don't forget to mention were Neinava was located then .. 🇮🇷

Aurelio (@aureliari)
Aurelio (@aureliari)
25.01.2019 18:45:33

This is one of my favourite rooms in the museum. When you start looking at the details of each piece you really see how talented these artists were. Fantastic

Santiago Frank (@spivet87)
Santiago Frank (@spivet87)
25.01.2019 17:27:37

I love Eastern Ancient art, specially Persian and Mesopotamian reliefs...

Stefano Rossi (@stefanorossi.70)
Stefano Rossi (@stefanorossi.70)
25.01.2019 16:18:10

A masterpiece and a "must see" every time I am in London ❤❤

Sandie Agniel (@sandieagniel)
Sandie Agniel (@sandieagniel)
25.01.2019 17:10:34

These reliefs are one of the most astonishing treasures of the BM.

@restorocket
@restorocket
25.01.2019 16:15:53

I love Assyrian art, especially the carved reliefs and statues!

Martin Randall Travel (@_martinrandalltravel)

Such intricacy in these reliefs is so impressive

Dottie Dollie (@dottiedollie)
Dottie Dollie (@dottiedollie)
25.01.2019 17:49:54

My favourite item in the Museum 😍

Tülay Kara (@tulay.k.tulay)
Tülay Kara (@tulay.k.tulay)
25.01.2019 16:26:25

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Thomas Hardy (@thomashardyjr)
Thomas Hardy (@thomashardyjr)
25.01.2019 16:57:16

The brutal exploits of the Assyrians are legendary.

Mariana Méndez (@mendezbmariana)
Mariana Méndez (@mendezbmariana)
25.01.2019 16:24:00

Love it!! 🥰

@juliawinser
@juliawinser
25.01.2019 18:06:42

Wow so lovely amazing thank you for sharing this!

James Shaddock (@jpshaddock)
James Shaddock (@jpshaddock)
25.01.2019 17:28:57

Such a great exhibition, and particularly enjoyed the section on the end focused on the contemporary situation in Iraq and Syria, the work the BM is doing. Keep it up!

@theschooloflight
@theschooloflight
25.01.2019 16:54:35

Breathtaking.

@avougirl
@avougirl
25.01.2019 17:05:52

🇮🇶❤️😍

Londra Culturale (@londraculturale)

👌👌👌

Fpourmeghdad (@fpourmeghdad96)
Fpourmeghdad (@fpourmeghdad96)
26.01.2019 06:02:08

This amazing piece from Iranian civil which is related hachamaneshithat time many countries such as Iraq and all of Asian country was under control of iran🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷

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