This 8-foot statue depicts the last great king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. It reaches 15 feet high with its marble base. Created by an Iraqi-born artist of Assyrian descent, it 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.
King Ashurbanipal (669-627 BCE) established the Library of Ashurbanipal, a collection of cuneiform documents that became the first systematically organized library in the ancient Middle East. Part of it survives today at the British Museum and at his palace in Nineveh, Iraq.
In the Bible Ashurbanipal is referred to as Asenappar (Ezra 4:10), and the Roman historian Justinus called him Sardanapalus.
The dedication reads:
Peace unto heaven and earth
Peace unto countries and cities
Peace unto the dwellers in all lands
In front of the Asian Art Museum, facing the San Francisco Public Library
On Fulton between Larkin and Hyde Streets