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Alabaster panel showing king Ashurnasirpal II lifting a libation bowl

The king lifts a libation bowl to pour an offering to the gods. His hair and beard are elaborately curled, his heavy garments adorned with fringes and tassels. Bracelets and earrings emphasise his wealth and status, while the bow and sword indicate his prowess as a warrior. This panel is one of a series that once lined the walls of the royal palace at Nimrud.