Ashurbapinal hunting donkeys

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The royal Lion Hunt of Ashurbapinal is shown on a famous group of Assyrian palace reliefs from the North Palace of Nineveh that are now displayed in room 10a of the British Museum. They are widely regarded as "the supreme masterpieces of Assyrian art". They show a formalized ritual "hunt" by King Ashurbapinal in an arena, where captured Asian lions were released from cages for the king to slaughter with arrows, spears, or his sword. This relief depicts Ashurbapinal on horseback, hunting for donkeys.

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SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst
The Statens Museum for Kunst (National Art Museum of Denmark) was founded in 1849 when the Danish royal collections became property of the people. Today we at SMK want to contribute to building a more creative and reflective society that values its history and cherishes difference.


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