I am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria

British Museum

8 November 2018 – 24 February 2019

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The world of ancient Assyria is brought to life in this exhibition exploring the life and legacy of its last great ruler.

Relief detail of Ashurbanipal hunting on horseback, Nineveh, Assyria, 645–635 BC

Over 200 extraordinary objects from all corners of the Assyrian empire reveal how one of its greatest monarchs stamped an indelible mark on the history of the world.

Ashurbanipal claimed to be unlike his predecessors for he could read, write and debate with expert scholars. During his reign he assembled a unique and visionary library at his palace in Nineveh. Using the British Museum’s world-renowned collection of documents dating to Ashurbanipal’s reign, the exhibition will recreate the king’s great library to evoke its scale.

The exhibition will also immerse visitors in the life at the great Assyrian court. Massive stone sculptures, intricately carved reliefs, painted glazed bricks and rare wall paintings evoke the splendour of the cities and palaces, while delicately carved ivories, extravagant metalwork, cosmetic vessels and gold ornaments show how the elites lived in splendour

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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