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

The God Nergal

Nergal

The God Nergal

Nergal, an Assyrian god.

Nergal

Nergal, an Assyrian god.

"Winged Eagle-headed figure from Nimrud." —D'Anvers, 1895

Figure from Nimrud

"Winged Eagle-headed figure from Nimrud." —D'Anvers, 1895

Assyrian Palace at Nineveh

nineveh

Assyrian Palace at Nineveh

Ancient wall paintings of Niniveh.

Niniveh Painting

Ancient wall paintings of Niniveh.

A wall painting of Niniveh.

Niniveh Painting

A wall painting of Niniveh.

Nisroch, the Assyrian god of agriculture.

Nisroch

Nisroch, the Assyrian god of agriculture.

Facade of Assyrian Royal Palace.

Palace

Facade of Assyrian Royal Palace.

One peculiarity is visible in all Assyrian buildings, namely, that all the chambers are very narrow in proportion to their length. It may, however, be accepted as established that the chambers were in general lighted by windows, which were inserted in the walls either high up or immediately under the roof, and that only large halls received their light from above through openings in the roof.

Floor Plan of the Palace at Nimrud

One peculiarity is visible in all Assyrian buildings, namely, that all the chambers are very narrow…

"All the Assyrian buildings were erected on terraces, to which flights of steps gave access, and it was probable that they were several stories high." —D'Anvers, 1895

Assyrian palace

"All the Assyrian buildings were erected on terraces, to which flights of steps gave access, and it…

An Assyrian pendant.

Pendant

An Assyrian pendant.

Representing the pillar of a table, bears a strong resemblance to an Ionic capital as displayed in Asia Minor.

Pillar of a Table in an Assyrian Relief

Representing the pillar of a table, bears a strong resemblance to an Ionic capital as displayed in Asia…

In the fragment of a relief from Kuyunjik columns occur which rest on a cushion-shaped base on a lion's back, just as is the case in the doorways of Gothic churches.

Pillar on a Lion's Back

In the fragment of a relief from Kuyunjik columns occur which rest on a cushion-shaped base on a lion's…

This is a diagram of the Palace of Khorsabad, 10 miles north–east of Nineveh, near Mosul, Iraq. This is an Assyrian palace, built by Sargon 722–705 BC. It "was situated on the banks of the Khanser, a tributary of the Tigris."

Plan of the Palace at Khorsabad, 722–705 BC

This is a diagram of the Palace of Khorsabad, 10 miles north–east of Nineveh, near Mosul, Iraq.…

"Statue of an Assyrian Priest." —D'Anvers, 1895

Assyrian priest

"Statue of an Assyrian Priest." —D'Anvers, 1895

Relief sculpture from Assyria.

Relief sculpture

Relief sculpture from Assyria.

First row of hieroglyphics worshiping Shalmaneser, king of Assyria.

Row 1 of Hieroglyphics

First row of hieroglyphics worshiping Shalmaneser, king of Assyria.

Row of hieroglyphics honoring Shalmaneser, king of Assyria.

Row 2 of Hieroglyphics

Row of hieroglyphics honoring Shalmaneser, king of Assyria.

A row of hieroglyphics showing men working.  These are to honor Shalmaneser, king of Assyria.

Row 3 of Hieroglyphics

A row of hieroglyphics showing men working. These are to honor Shalmaneser, king of Assyria.

Hieroglyphics of men carrying food in honor of Shalmaneser, king of Assyria.

Row 4 of Hieroglyphics

Hieroglyphics of men carrying food in honor of Shalmaneser, king of Assyria.

The ancient King of Akkad, reigning from 2270 BC to 2215 BC.

Seal of Sargon I

The ancient King of Akkad, reigning from 2270 BC to 2215 BC.

Winged bull from Assyria.

Sculpture

Winged bull from Assyria.

Winged bull from Assyria (detail).

Sculpture

Winged bull from Assyria (detail).

Assyrian sculpture of displaying horses, carriage, Assyrians and a lion.

Assyrian Sculpture

Assyrian sculpture of displaying horses, carriage, Assyrians and a lion.

A representation of an Assyrian griffin that adorned their buildings prior to the Persian conquest.

Sculptured Griffin from the Sculptures in the Ruins of Nineveh

A representation of an Assyrian griffin that adorned their buildings prior to the Persian conquest.

Over the Winged Bulls were painted other acts of the king surrounded by his eunuchs and warriors, and these representations were in their turn surrounded by an ornamental border, in which winged-bulls and monstrous beasts, as well as the sacred tree, principally figured.

Sculptured Ornamental Border from the Ruins of Nineveh

Over the Winged Bulls were painted other acts of the king surrounded by his eunuchs and warriors, and…

Semiramis, the Assyrian Venus, standing on a ship; inscription: <i>Askalo</i>.

Semiramis

Semiramis, the Assyrian Venus, standing on a ship; inscription: Askalo.

Figures from the palace of Sennacherib, located in Kouyunjik, Nineveh (ancient Assyria).

Sennacherib

Figures from the palace of Sennacherib, located in Kouyunjik, Nineveh (ancient Assyria).

"A six-sided cylinder of terra-cotta found at Ninevah. It contains a record of eight years of Sennacherib's reign, including an account of his expedition against Hezekiah, king of Jerusalem."&mdash;Webster, 1913

The Cylinder of Sennacherib

"A six-sided cylinder of terra-cotta found at Ninevah. It contains a record of eight years of Sennacherib's…

"Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser." &mdash; Quackenbos, 1882

Shalmaneser

"Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser." — Quackenbos, 1882

"Pavement slab from the palace of Koyunjik." &mdash;D'Anvers, 1895

Pavement slab

"Pavement slab from the palace of Koyunjik." —D'Anvers, 1895

An Assyrian spearman with shield and spear.

Assyrian Spearman

An Assyrian spearman with shield and spear.

An image depicting an ancient city of the Persian, Parthian, and Elamite empires of Iran.

Ancient Susa

An image depicting an ancient city of the Persian, Parthian, and Elamite empires of Iran.

An image depicting the ruins of the ancient city of Susa, in modern-day Iran.

Ruins of Susa

An image depicting the ruins of the ancient city of Susa, in modern-day Iran.

An illustration of an Assyrian tablet depicting part of the Deluge legend. A deluge myth or flood myth is a mythological story of a great flood sent by a deity or deities to destroy civilization as an act of divine retribution.

Assyrian Table with Deluge Legend

An illustration of an Assyrian tablet depicting part of the Deluge legend. A deluge myth or flood myth…

This Assyrian Temple is located in present day Khorsabad, Northern Iraq. Khorsobad was the Assyrian capital during the reign of Sargon II of Assyria.

Assyrian Temple

This Assyrian Temple is located in present day Khorsabad, Northern Iraq. Khorsobad was the Assyrian…

The Chaldaean Temple viewed from the sky.

Chaldaean Temple

The Chaldaean Temple viewed from the sky.

An engraving of a warrior and horses from the mound of Khorsabad, Nineveh.  (Capital of ancient Assyria).

Warrior and horses

An engraving of a warrior and horses from the mound of Khorsabad, Nineveh. (Capital of ancient Assyria).

The Sumerian word lama, which is rendered in Akkadian as lamassu, refers to a beneficient protective female deity. The corresponding male deity was called alad, in Akkadian, &scaron;&ecirc;du. In art they were depicted as hybrids, as winged bulls or lions with the head of a human male (Centauroid). There are still surviving figures of &scaron;&ecirc;du in bas-relief and some statues in museums. Notable examples of &scaron;&ecirc;du/lamassu held by museums include those at the British Museum, Mus&eacute;e du Louvre, National Museum of Iraq, Metropolitan Museum of Art and one extremely large example kept at the Oriental Institute, Chicago. They are generally attributed to the ancient Assyrians.

Winged Bull from Nimrud

The Sumerian word lama, which is rendered in Akkadian as lamassu, refers to a beneficient protective…