ASSYRIAN IVORY PLAQUE (9th century BCE)
In this animated scene based on the ivory object, the king sits in the middle surrounded by banqueters and servants. Arranged hierarchically, the figure immediately in front of the king is the crown prince, who is distinguished by his position and his diadem having ribbons. The king receives attention from a servant who fans him with a flywhisk. Royal cooks, banquet supervisors and palace supervisors worked together to make the banquet a success.
© Music credits: ‘Embubu’ by Conrad Steinmann, Melpomen (www.melpomen.ch)