British Museum

A multitude of slaves, prisoners of war from different parts of the Near East, labor probably to adorn Sennacherib’s Southwest Palace at Nineveh. In both details, three rows of men pull on heavy ropes, dragging large stones to the palace. Hovering over them, Assyrian overseers stand poised to strike with their truncheons. The men in the middle row of each detail appear to be Judahite captives, for they are dressed similarly to the deportees from Lachish in other reliefs at Nineveh. These details come from reliefs in Court VI of the palace.