John Russell

For thousands of years, Assyrian archers marched to war on the walls of Sennacherib’s throne room in Nineveh. In 1847, Austen Henry Layard described three tiers of warriors gracing the throne room’s walls—yet by 1903, when Leonard William King visited the site, only the lower tier remained.

This 48-inch-wide slab was photographed by John Malcolm Russell in 1989–1990, shortly before the Gulf War broke out (comapre with photo of front archer).