These 7th century BCE Assyrian sculpted reliefs are among Bill and my favourite works at the British Museum.
They were created for Ashurbanipal (668-631 BCE), the last Assyrian king, for his palace in Nineveh in what is now Northern Iraq.
According to the wall text, the hunt was symbolic of the king's duty to protect and fight for his people.
Symbols are important. The facts on the ground are also important.
We can't help but feel sympathy for the victims!
The images are still heart-wrenching after all these years.