Sargon II and a High Official

Alabaster Relief of Sargon and His High Official

This alabaster rock carved relief depicts Sargon II king of Assyria and his crown prince Sennacherib at his new capital city Khorsabad (8th Century BC).

Louvre Excerpt

Sargon II and a high official
Khorsabad, palace of Sargon II
Neo-Assyrian period, reign of Sargon II (721-705 BC)
Gypseous alabaster
H 3.30 m
AO 19873-74


"At the end of the 8th century BC, Sargon II, king of Assyria, built a vast palace of over ten hectares in his new capital, Dur-Sharrukîn (now Khorsabad). Part of the rooms and courtyards were covered with a rich sculpted decoration. On this slab which was placed on a façade of the northern part of the palace (façade L), Sargon II, recognizable by his truncated cone headdress, is shown welcoming a high official who could be identified as Sennacherib, the crown prince" - Louvre

"In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;" - Isaiah 20:1

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The Art of Ancient Egypt, Revised by Robins, 272 Pages, Pub. 2008