Avraham Hay

Sennacherib on a throne inlaid with figures of ivory. Approaching the king is a senior commander of his army, maybe the commander-in-chief, followed by lower ranked commanders. A cuneiform inscription in a rectangular frame in front of Sennacherib identifies the conquered city as Lachish.

Two eunuchs, identifiable by their beardless faces and gross facial features, stand behind the king’s throne fanning him. The king’s face is mutilated, a deliberate act probably done in the riots that followed Sennacherib’s murder in 681 B.C.