Sargon with Tartan Relief
Could this staff of Sargon have been the very object of the Lord's words of anger?
Sargon II with his Staff in Hand is seen here with a high official which could be Sennacherib. Sargon is easily recognized with his truncated cone headdress. This 10 foot tall wall relief was discovered in the ruins of ancient Khorsabad by the French archaeologist Paul Emil Botta in 1842. It is considered an important discovery in Biblical Archaeology confirming the Biblical account.
"Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation. Isaiah 10:5
"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