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Bulls for the Palace and Order in the Empire: The Sculptural Program of Sennacherib's Court VI at Nineveh

John Malcolm Russell
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 69, No. 4 (Dec., 1987), pp. 520-539
Published by: College Art Association
DOI: 10.2307/3050997
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3050997
Page Count: 20
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Bulls for the Palace and Order in the Empire: The Sculptural Program of Sennacherib's Court VI at Nineveh
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Abstract

Two walls of the inner court of Sennacherib's throne-room suite were lined with reliefs showing the quarrying and transport of human-headed bull colossi. Although individual slabs from this series have occasionally been reproduced as illustrations of ancient stone transport techniques, the architectural and historical contexts of the series as a whole have never been adequately considered. This study presents a reconstruction of the series and an explanation of its content, a discussion of its innovations in composition and perspective, and an analysis of the meaning of the series in the context of Sennacherib's imperial policy.

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