Ashurbanipal's feast: a view from Elam

Javier Álvarez-mon*

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As observed by numerous commentators, the slab relief panel from the North Palace at Nineveh depicting the banquet of Ashurbanipal is, in a variety of ways, most exceptional. In these pages, I will explore this relief within the context of an Elamite viewpoint and look into those aspects of the relief which directly point to an Elamite political and cultural milieu. This background evidence, together with an in-depth analysis of the garment and headdress styles espoused by the enthroned lady, further expand our insights regarding its conception, intended audience, and the identities of main participants exhibited in the relief.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-180
Number of pages50
JournalIranica Antiqua
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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