Nineveh. The Sennacherib’s Palace without Rivals

Turin, Archivio di Stato, 14 July - 23 September 2007 Baghdad, Iraq Museum, November 2008

At the end of the 8th century B.C. Sennacherib built a magnificent palace at Nineveh, in the very heart of the Assyrian empire. Called in royal inscriptions the “Palace without rival”, it was decorated with remarkable stone reliefs. In 2002, just before the beginning of the recent conflict in Iraq, a survey was carried on by technicians of the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro of Rome in collaboration with the Centro Scavi di Torino. The survey aimed at producing an updated and detailed documentation of the state of preservation of the throne suite’s reliefs. The large-size images displayed in the exhibition allowed to appreciate the high degree of refinement reached by the Assyrian art during the reign of Sennacherib. The exhibition was promoted by the Centro Scavi di Torino in cooperation with the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, with the financial support of the Fondazione CRT. The exhibition held in the Iraq Museum of Baghdad was organized by the Italian Embassy in Iraq.

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