Two Assyrian Court Officials
Iraq: Khorsabad, Palace, Court VIII; Neo-Assyrian Period
Reign of Sargon II, 721-705 B.C. Gypsum. Excavated by the Oriental Institute, 1928. "This relief comes from a wall just outside the throne room of Sargon II's palace. Two court officials - who are beardless and, therefore, possibly identifiable as eunuchs - are shown marching toward the king. The ankle-length robes of the attendants are ornamented with squares and trimmed with fringe and beads along the lower edges. A diagonal band of red crosses the chest. Each courtier wears wire bracelets, earrings, and sandals which are held in position with toe- thongs and straps. This relief stands about eleven feet high and weighs approximately two and a half tons."