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