A unique collection of year old ivory carvings excavated from this ancient city goes on exhibit starting next week at the British Museum. Anchor Marco Werman gets details from the British Museum's Middle East expert John Curtis.
Detail. The Balawat Gates, the huge bronze gates of king Shalmaneser III (858-824 BCE) from Balawat, an ancient Neo-Assyrian city near Nimrud (Kalhu), northern Iraq. The greater part of the gates has decayed and deteriorated over time, leaving behind a collection of inscribed bronze bands that describe the exploits and lives of the Assyrian Kings. Reconstruction from the British Museum.
He greatly improved the civil administration of his empire, reducing the influence of hitherto powerful nobles, regional governors and viceroys, and deporting troublesome peoples to other parts of his vast empire, setting the template for all future ancient empires
Lion, symbol of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, from the Ishtar-Gate ancient-history
ASSUR RELIEF BCE Men carrying goods, cover of a wooden door. Fragment of a bronze sheet BCE) from the palace of Shalmaneser III. Yeni-Assur (Tell Balawat), Mesopotamia (Iraq) British Museum, London, Great Britain