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Getty | The Beauty and Power of Assyrian Queens

October 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Assyrian queens, sometimes difficult to find depicted in ancient art, were in reality prominent figures in the life of a palace. A queen’s beauty was believed to reflect that of goddesses, and her power was second only to the king’s. Art historian Amy Gansell presents archaeological evidence for queenly dress and symbols of royal influence, including stunning gold jewelry discovered in queens’ tombs of the eighth century BC.
This program complements the exhibition Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq at the Getty Villa Museum.
Free | Advance sign-up required | This event is online only
Image: The Banquet Scene (detail) showing King Ashurbanipal and Queen Libbali-sharrat sitting facing each other, Assyrian, 645–640 BC, Nineveh, North Palace, reign of Ashurbanipal. Gypsum. British Museum, London, © The Trustees of the British Museum