Room B

Room B (10 × 47 m) was the throne room, and main reception room of the Northwest Palace. It was first excavated and described by Layard and in the 20th century re-excavated by Mallowan in the ’50s and by Abu es-Soof in the ’60s. Layard discovered 33 relief slabs (B-1 – B-32 plus B-26a, found re-used in the Temple of Nabu); the reliefs from the middle part of the northern wall were already missing in Layard’s time, so no attempt could be made to reconstruct them. Going by the average measurements of the slabs, about 10-11 are missing in this area.

Layard sent most of the reliefs he found to England; at least one entire slab (B-1), but in particular smaller fragments were given to various private individuals and institutions, while some that were found in a badly damaged state remained, at least partially, in situ. Only the important relief B-23, situated directly behind the throne pedestal, was, despite its poor condition, taken to the British Museum.

To reduce weight and to facilitate transportation, slabs with two registers were sawed into three horizontal strips, and the middle piece containing the standard inscription was discarded. Contrary to his procedure in all other rooms, Layard counted the reliefs in the throne room from right to left.

Click on B 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)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
   B-32a   Ashm 1982-0224

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, USA
   B-14b   Me.491.2

British Museum, London, UK
   B-01a   BM 098064
   B-03a   BM 124555
   B-03b   BM 124556
   B-04a   BM 124553
   B-04b   BM 124554
   B-04c   BM — (K 8543)
   B-05a   BM 124551
   B-05b   BM 124552
   B-06a   BM 124550
   B-06d   BM 135736
   B-07a   BM 124548
   B-07b   BM 124549
   B-08a   BM 124546
   B-08b   BM 124547
   B-09a   BM 124544
   B-09b   BM 124545
   B-10a   BM 124542
   B-10b   BM 124543
   B-11a   BM 124540
   B-11b   BM 124541
   B-15b   BM 124582
   B-17a   BM 124538
   B-17b   BM 124539
   B-18a   BM 124536
   B-18b   BM 124537
   B-19a   BM 124534
   B-19b   BM 124535
   B-20a   BM 124532
   B-20b   BM 124533
   B-23a   BM 124531
   B-26a   BM 124530
   B-27a   BM 124559
   B-30a   BM 124560
   Ba-01a   BM 118801
   Ba-02a   BM 118802
   Bb-01a   BM 118894
   Bb-01c   BM —

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbay, India

Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
   B-12b   WAE 3.1942
   B-30b   WAE 44.1927

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
   B-22a   1940,13

Musei Vaticani, Museo Gregoriano Egizio, Rome, Italy
   B-06c   MV —

Museo Civico di Archeologia Ligure, Genua, Italy

National Museum of Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
   B-10c   IM —
   B-15a   IM —
   Bb-01b   IM 26472
   Bb-02a   IM 26473

Nimrud, Iraq
   B-02a   Nimrud fragment no. 23
   B-06e   Nimrud fragment no. 20
   B-11c   in situ
   B-12a   in situ
   B-13b   in situ
   B-14a   in situ
   B-15c   in situ
   B-21a   Nimrud fragment no. 22
   B-21b   Nimrud fragment no. 21
   B-21c   in situ
   B-22b   in situ
   B-24b   in situ
   B-25a   in situ
   B-26Ab   Nimrud fragment no. 24
   B-28a   in situ
   B-31a   Nimrud fragment no. —

private: anonymous

Skulpturensammlung, Dresden, Germany
   B-16a   Herrmann-Verzeichnis 21

The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
   B-24a   No. 207

Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
   B-26Aa   VA 00938

missing (incl. fragments)