Gallery 400 - The Assyrian Empire and Its Sphere of Influence
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This gallery contains objects created during the early first millennium B.C., during the height of the Assyrian empire.
At its greatest extent, the empire expanded from its core region in northern Mesopotamia to include an area from Babylonia to the Mediterranean Sea and parts of Egypt, Iran, and Anatolia. Assyrian palatial and luxury arts, represented here by selected pieces excavated at the capital of Nimrud, influenced the form and style of works of art from cities outside the Assyrian heartland, including Hasanlu in Iran and Arslan Tash and Tell Halaf in Syria. Meanwhile, distinctive local styles and techniques, such as the use of orthostats (large stones set upright) in northern Syria, made an impact on the arts and architecture of Assyria.