This ClipArt gallery offers 99 illustrations of the historic Assyrian Empire. Images include people, ornament, buildings, architectural details, religion, and the arts.

The ancient idol Nisroch, the god of agriculture, in human form with a bow and arrow.

Ancient idol

The ancient idol Nisroch, the god of agriculture, in human form with a bow and arrow.

"Assur, the chief Assyrian deity." -Foster, 1921

Assur

"Assur, the chief Assyrian deity." -Foster, 1921

"Assyrian King" — Morey, 1903

Assyrian

"Assyrian King" — Morey, 1903

Assyrian archer with suit of mail and bow and arrow.

Assyrian archer

Assyrian archer with suit of mail and bow and arrow.

"Assyrian Bas-relief" — Morey, 1903

Assyrian Bas

"Assyrian Bas-relief" — Morey, 1903

An ancient caricature of dragons fighting.

Assyrian Caricature.

An ancient caricature of dragons fighting.

"Assyrian Clay Tablet" — Morey, 1903

Assyrian Clay

"Assyrian Clay Tablet" — Morey, 1903

God of Assyria, an ancient country of Asia.

Assyrian God Ninip

God of Assyria, an ancient country of Asia.

The costume of an Assyrian King.

Assyrian King

The costume of an Assyrian King.

The purely conventional ornaments — the rosette, guilloche, and lotus-flower, and probably also the palmette — were derived from Egyptian originals. They were treated, however, in a quite new spirit and adapted to the special materials and uses of their environment. Thes the form of the palmette, even if derived, as is not likely, from the Egyptian lotus-motive, was assimilated to the more familiar palm-forms of Assyria.

Assyrian Ornament

The purely conventional ornaments — the rosette, guilloche, and lotus-flower, and probably also…

"Assyrian Palace at Nineveh" — Morey, 1903

Assyrian Palace

"Assyrian Palace at Nineveh" — Morey, 1903

An ancient palace located in Assyria.

Assyrian Palace

An ancient palace located in Assyria.

In ancient Assyria, princes, princesses, and priests vied with each other in luxury.

Assyrian Princess in Full Dress

In ancient Assyria, princes, princesses, and priests vied with each other in luxury.

Assyrian soldiers with shields and weapons.

Assyrian soldiers

Assyrian soldiers with shields and weapons.

A depiction of two soldiers fighting for Assyria, using bow and arrows against their enemies.

Assyrian Soldiers Fighting

A depiction of two soldiers fighting for Assyria, using bow and arrows against their enemies.

"The king, a rude heroic figure, stands upright before the god. He holds a club in the left hand, in the right a sickle or crook, emblematic of the shepherd of his people. The right arm is bare; the left is covered by a richly fringed mantle, thrown twice round the body."—Webster, 1913

An Assyrian Statue

"The king, a rude heroic figure, stands upright before the god. He holds a club in the left hand, in…

A native to the ancient kingdom of Assyria.

An Assyrian

A native to the ancient kingdom of Assyria.

A poster of ancient Babylonia: Chaldea, Assyria, Persia, soldiers, religion, writing, and structures.

Babylonia Poster

A poster of ancient Babylonia: Chaldea, Assyria, Persia, soldiers, religion, writing, and structures.

An example of Babylonian writing.

Babylonian Writing

An example of Babylonian writing.

"Bas-relief of group of buildings at Kuyunjik. (After Layard.)" — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Bas-relief

"Bas-relief of group of buildings at Kuyunjik. (After Layard.)" — The Encyclopedia Britannica,…

"Assyrian bas-relief. Part of a Lion-hunt, from Nimrud." —D'Anvers, 1895

Assyrian bas-relief

"Assyrian bas-relief. Part of a Lion-hunt, from Nimrud." —D'Anvers, 1895

Some reliefs portray small façades of temples with capitals. This figure brings out prominently the similarity of many details with Grecian art.

Base of a Column in a Bas-Relief from Kuyunjik

Some reliefs portray small façades of temples with capitals. This figure brings out prominently…

"Winged bulls of the gateway at Khorsabad."—D'Anvers, 1895

Winged bulls

"Winged bulls of the gateway at Khorsabad."—D'Anvers, 1895

Some reliefs portray small façades of temples with capitals. This figure shows an affinity, although it be a remote one, with the Corinthian capital.

Capital in a Bas-Relief from Kuyunjik

Some reliefs portray small façades of temples with capitals. This figure shows an affinity, although…

Some reliefs portray small façades of temples with capitals. This figure brings out prominently the similarity of many details with Grecian art.

Capital in a Bas-Relief from Kuyunjik

Some reliefs portray small façades of temples with capitals. This figure brings out prominently…

An illustration of a Chaldaean Temple.

Chaldaean Temple

An illustration of a Chaldaean Temple.

A sculpture made by the Chaldeans of Ancient Babylonia.

Chaldean Sculpture

A sculpture made by the Chaldeans of Ancient Babylonia.

Assyrian war-chariot.

Chariot

Assyrian war-chariot.

"The stalwart character and aggressive bearing of the Assyrians were particularly shown in war. The same ferocity which they manifested in the pursuit and destruction of beasts they also exhibited in hunting men. The sculptures show that the feeling of the Assyrians towards the foe was one, not of hostility only, but of hatred and contempt."—Ridpath, 1885

Assyrian War Chariot

"The stalwart character and aggressive bearing of the Assyrians were particularly shown in war. The…

Clay coffin from Assyria.

Coffin

Clay coffin from Assyria.

"Column with spiral ornament from Persepolis." —D'Anvers, 1895

Column

"Column with spiral ornament from Persepolis." —D'Anvers, 1895

"Contains the narrative of the flood as pieced together and published by George Smith in 1872. There are sixteen fragments in the restoration."—Webster, 1913

The Deluge Tablet

"Contains the narrative of the flood as pieced together and published by George Smith in 1872. There…

"The Tomb of Ezra." — Quackenbos, 1882

Ezra Tomb

"The Tomb of Ezra." — Quackenbos, 1882

"Part of the Rock-cut facade of the Tomb of Darius." —D'Anvers, 1895

Rock-cut facade

"Part of the Rock-cut facade of the Tomb of Darius." —D'Anvers, 1895

This portion of a pavement-slab in the North Palace at Nineveh has a certain accordance with the Grecian style of decoration.

Part of the Floor Decoration from North Palace, Nineveh

This portion of a pavement-slab in the North Palace at Nineveh has a certain accordance with the Grecian…

"Assyrian Fringes, from ancient bas-reliefs. Fringe: an ornamental bordering formed of short lengths of thread." -Whitney, 1911

Assyrian Fringe

"Assyrian Fringes, from ancient bas-reliefs. Fringe: an ornamental bordering formed of short lengths…

"Assyrian Fringes, from ancient bas-reliefs. Fringe: an ornamental bordering formed of short lengths of thread." -Whitney, 1911

Assyrian Fringe

"Assyrian Fringes, from ancient bas-reliefs. Fringe: an ornamental bordering formed of short lengths…

Relief sculpture of a Genius from Assyria.

Genius

Relief sculpture of a Genius from Assyria.

Relief sculpture of a Genius from Assyria (detail).

Genius

Relief sculpture of a Genius from Assyria (detail).

Guilloche, usually spelled without the acute accent on the final e, describes a repetitive architectural pattern widely used in classical Greece and Rome, consisting of two ribbons that wind around a series of regular central points. These central points are often blank, but may contain a figure, such as a rose. Guilloche is a back-formation from guilloché, so called because the architectural motif resembles the designs produced by Guilloche techniques.

Guilloche Ornament Painted on Burnt Clay, from the Ruins of Nineveh

Guilloche, usually spelled without the acute accent on the final e, describes a repetitive architectural…

An example of hieroglyphics outside of a palace in ancient Assyria.

Hieroglyphics

An example of hieroglyphics outside of a palace in ancient Assyria.

Cuneiform writing from Assyria.

Inscription

Cuneiform writing from Assyria.

Ishtar, from an Assyrian cylinder.

Ishtar

Ishtar, from an Assyrian cylinder.

"Entrance gateway, Palace of Khorsabad." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Khorsabad

"Entrance gateway, Palace of Khorsabad." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Dur-Sharrukin ("Fortress of Sargon"), present day Khorsabad, was the Assyrian capital in the time of Sargon II of Assyria. Khorsabad is a village in northern Iraq, 15 km northeast of Mosul, which is still today inhabited by Assyrians.

Khorsabad Palace Gate

Dur-Sharrukin ("Fortress of Sargon"), present day Khorsabad, was the Assyrian capital in the time of…

An Assyrian King and his chief Minister.

Assyrian King and his Chief Minster

An Assyrian King and his chief Minister.

"The Assyrian physiognomy, as determined by the sculptures exhumed from the ruins of Nimrud and Khorsabad, is identical with that which the Israelite has made familiar to all the world. The forehead is low and straight; the brow prominent; the eyes large and oriental; the nose aquiline and sometimes coarse; the mouth firm-set; the lips rather thick; the chin strong and symmetrical."—Ridpath, 1885

Assyrian King

"The Assyrian physiognomy, as determined by the sculptures exhumed from the ruins of Nimrud and Khorsabad,…

Figure at the entrance of Korsabad.

Korsabad Figure

Figure at the entrance of Korsabad.

A festive hall in Korsabad.

Korsabad Hall

A festive hall in Korsabad.

This illusrtration shows an ancient idol found at Korsabad.

Korsabad Idol

This illusrtration shows an ancient idol found at Korsabad.

This illusrtration shows an ancient idol found at Korsabad.

Korsabad Idol

This illusrtration shows an ancient idol found at Korsabad.

Relief from Korsabad.

Korsabad Relief

Relief from Korsabad.

Personal form of ruler from Korsabad.

Korsabad Ruler

Personal form of ruler from Korsabad.

Korsabad ruler

Korsabad Ruler

Korsabad ruler

"A Lion Hunt. --Assyrian relief; from Rawlinson.' -West, 1904

A Lion Hunt Relief

"A Lion Hunt. --Assyrian relief; from Rawlinson.' -West, 1904

Image of men bowing outside the palace of Sennacherib, located in ancient Assyria.

Men Bowing

Image of men bowing outside the palace of Sennacherib, located in ancient Assyria.

The animal life of Assyria was extremely varied. This image depicts a mule from this area.

Assyrian Mule

The animal life of Assyria was extremely varied. This image depicts a mule from this area.

"The Name Nebuchadnezzar in Cuneiform" — Morey, 1903

Nebuchadnezzer

"The Name Nebuchadnezzar in Cuneiform" — Morey, 1903

"The most illustrious of Babylonian kings, was the son of Nabopolassar, the general of the Babylonian garrison at the time the Assyrian empire fell to pieces after the death of Assur-bani-pal. The Babylonians then thre off the hated yoke of Assyria, and Nebopolassar was proclaimed king of Babylonia, in 625 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar succeeded him in 604, reigning 43 years, and was one of the greatest sovereigns who ever rules the ancient empire." — Beach, 1900

Nebuchadnezzar

"The most illustrious of Babylonian kings, was the son of Nabopolassar, the general of the Babylonian…

The name Nebuchadnezzar in cuneiform.

Nebuchadnezzar

The name Nebuchadnezzar in cuneiform.