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This relief was behind Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal’s throne. He appears twice, wearing ritual robes and holding the mace of authority. In front of him is a Sacred Tree symbolising life, and he makes a gesture of worship to a winged disc contain a god who may be the sun god Shamash, has a ring in one hand; this is an ancient Mesopotamian symbol of god given kingship. There are protective spirits on either side behind the king.Similar scenes were also embroidered on the royal clothes.

This relief was behind Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal’s throne. He appears twice, wearing ritual robes and holding the mace of authority. In front of him is a Sacred Tree symbolising life, and he makes a gesture of worship to a winged disc contain a god who may be the sun god Shamash, has a ring in one hand; this is an ancient Mesopotamian symbol of god given kingship. There are protective spirits on either side behind the king.Similar scenes were also embroidered on the royal clothes.