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Ashurbanipal Monument

Ashurbanipal Statue

"Ashurbanipal, also known as the Ashurbanipal Monument or the Statue of Ashurbanipal, is a bronze sculpture by Fred Parhad, an Iraqi-born artist of Assyrian descent. It is located in the Civic Center of San Francisco," Wikipedia notes.

"The 15-foot (4.6 m) statue depicting the Assyrian king of the same name was commissioned by the Assyrian Foundation for the Arts and presented to the City of San Francisco in 1988 as a gift from the Assyrian people. The sculpture reportedly cost $100,000 and was the first 'sizable' bronze statue of Ashurbanipal. It is administered by the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Wikipedia says that Ashurbanipal was an Assyrian king, the son of Esarhaddon and the last strong king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (934–609 BC).

"He is famed for amassing a significant collection of cuneiform documents for his royal palace at Nineveh. This collection, known as the Library of Ashurbanipal, is now housed at the British Museum. In the Bible he is called Asenappar (Ezra 4:10). Roman historian Justinus identified him as Sardanapalus."