The Dying Lion

The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia

Past Event: 8 March 2012 to 15 April 2012

The Dying Lion
The Dying Lion
Source: By permission of the Trustees of The British Museum.

The Dying Lion will be on display at Melbourne Museum until 6 April 2012.

This small relief sculpture is from what was the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal, excavated from an area in present day Iraq. It is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of its era and is one of more than 170 stunning artefacts to be featured in the exhibition, which opens in May.

The Dying Lion is a small, but extremely significant, object that portrays the slaughter of a lion by bow and arrow during a royal hunt. The image is depicted on an alabaster panel and was part of a series of wall panels from the North Palace of Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.

This masterpiece of ancient art found by British archaeologist William Loftus in the 1850s is one of the most famous finds from the capital of the Assyrian Empire, Nineveh, one of the greatest cities of its time.

The Dying Lion stone relief will be on display in the foyer of Melbourne Museum until mid April 2012, after which it will join the rest of the exhibition in the Touring Hall.

Visitors to The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia will see more than 170 artefacts – including The Dying Lion – all of which reveal many aspects of Mesopotamian culture.

The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia is presented in collaboration with The British Museum.

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