Ashurbanipal: King of the World comes to BM
This autumn, the British Museum is putting on a major exhibition to discover the world of ancient Assyria through the life and legacy of its last great ruler, King Ashurbanipal. The BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the
world, king of Assyria transports visitors back to ancient Iraq in the 7th century BCE, when Ashurbanipal became the most powerful person on earth. From his capital at Nineveh, he ruled a vast and diverse empire, shaping the lives of peoples from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran.
This will be the first ever major exhibition to explore the life of Ashurbanipal in such depth. The exhibition will tell Ashurbanipal’s remarkable story through the vivid narratives recorded on his palace sculptures, the hundreds of cuneiform texts that survive from his library and from the wealth of objects discovered by archaeologists working in the region. More than 200 extraordinary objects from all corners of the empire reveal how one of the greatest Assyrian monarchs stamped an indelible mark on the history of the world.
The British Museum’s collection of Assyrian treasures will be complemented by key loans from across the globe, including unique objects and artworks from the collections of the History Museum of Armenia, Yerevan; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin; the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, and Musei Vaticani, Vatican City. Many of these remarkable objects have never travelled to the UK before. Showing from 8 November 2018 - 24 February 2019.