Silk scarf featuring an Assyrian motif in traditional colors - red, blue, gold, white and black. These bold colors were typically used by the Assyrians on their painted and sculpted ornaments and were often found in Assyrian palaces.
The mighty Assyrian empire began as the small city-state of Ashur in what is now the north-eastern region of Iraq. It first asserted control over a large area in the 14th century BC, but by the 12th century BC it had collapsed. By the 7th century BC, the last great Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal, ruled over a geographically and culturally diverse empire, shaping the lives of peoples from the eastern Mediterranean to western Iran.