The small ante-room C was excavated by Layard in the summer of 1846. Situated at the western end of the throne room, across from the throne dais, it led into a stairwell (or ramp), which probably gave access to the flat roof of the building (there is no evidence of a second story in this part of the palace). The room was entered from the throneroom through a wide, centrally positioned doorway (B-a) and connected to the stairwell by a smaller doorway (C-b), that was balanced by a second opening (C-c). Layard describes the reliefs as follows:
On all the slabs, 13 in number, except 6, 7, and 8, are colossal winged figures with horned cap, bearing square vessel and fir-cone, in pairs, facing one another, and separated by the emblematical tree.
6. Colossal winged figure and eunuch attending upon the king.
7. King holding cup and bow.
8. Winged figure and eunuch attending on the king.
Entrance b. 1 and 2, Colossal winged figures with garland round the head. 3 and 4, unsculptured slabs.
Entrance c. Unsculptured slabs with usual inscription.
Doorway B-a, which opens to the throneroom, was flanked by two lion lamassus. Slabs C-b-3 and C-b-4, described by Layard only as “unsculptured,” also carried the standard inscription.
Click on C in the middle of the room to see all panels positioned in their respective walls, or on the individual panels along the inner walls and in the entryways to go to CDLI pages associated with them.
Relief Slabs by Collection
(duplication results from individual fragments in different places)
Arkeoloji Müzeleri, Istanbul, Turkey