Six Fragments from a Sacred Tree Panel: Assyrian Relief from the Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud, Room L
Unidentified reign of Ashurnasirpal II maker, Assyrian, 883 - 859 BCE
Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)
Gypsum wall panel carved in low relief
Overall: 94 × 19 5/8 in. (238.8 × 49.8 cm)
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Sir Henry Rawlinson through Austin H. Wright, Class of 1830
Place Made: Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, West Asia, Asia
1000 BCE-1 CE
Not on view
ARTH 20, Art of Ancient Egypt and the Near East, Steven Kangas, Spring 2013
From Discovery to Dartmouth: The Assyrian Reliefs at the Hood Museum of Art, 1856-2006, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 19, 2006-June 17, 2007.
Picture Gallery, Reed Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1857-1860s; stored in a small closet in Reed Hall, 1860s-1880s; on display again, 1880s-1895. It is uncertain if this fragment was on display.
Judith Lerner, Journey's End: The Assyrian Reliefs at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, September, 1985, p. 30-31, ill. p. 30.
Georgia Croft, Back on the Wall (where they belong), Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1985, p. 31-33.
Ada Cohen and Steven E. Kangas, Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II: A Cultural Biography, Hanover, New Hamphire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2010, p. 84-85, plate 8
The reliefs were excavated by Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-1895), at Nimrud, Iraq, about 1845-47; offered to Missionaries by Henry Creswicke Rawlinson (1810-1895), a political agent of the British in Baghdad, about 1853; Professor Oliver Payson Hubbard, Class of 1873h (1809-1900), Chemistry Professor and College Librarian asked Reverend Austin Hazen Wright (1811-1865), Class of 1830 (Medical missionary stationed in Oroomiah, Persia) to acquire some reliefs for Dartmouth College, 1853; the Dartmouth reliefs were selected and packed by Reverend Henry Lobdell, M.D. (1827-1855) at Nimrud, about 1854-55; travelled from Nimrud to Mosul on mules; travelled on camels across the Syrian desert to the Mediterranean at Alexandretta (Iskenderun); transported to a sailing vessel to Beirut; travelled on the steamer "Daniel Webster" to Boston; travelled by rail to Hanover, New Hampshire; arrived on December 11, 1856.
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