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An Assyrian king and erotic drawings—the best art and exhibitions in November 2018

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A drawing by Egon Schiele

A drawing by Egon Schiele



I am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria

British Museum, 8th November to 24th February

The British Museum’s magnificent Assyrian reliefs celebrate a successful but brutal monarch as he chases lions or takes tea beneath trees decorated with his enemies’ heads. Ashurbanipal, self-proclaimed King of the World, presided from Nineveh—recently targeted by Islamic State—over an empire stretching from the Mediterranean to Iran. This first major exhibition on the monarch has drawn many loans, including ornate art works…

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