The archaeologist Henry Layard discovered this black limestone obelisk in 1846 during his excavations of the site of Kalhu (northern Iraq), the ancient Assyrian capital. It was erected as a public monument in 825 BC at a time of civil war. The relief sculptures glorify the achievements of King Shalmaneser III (reigned 858-824 BC) and his chief minister. It lists their military campaigns of thirty-one years and the tribute they exacted from their neighbours: including camels, monkeys, an elephant and a rhinoceros. Assyrian kings often collected exotic animals and plants as an expression of their power. (Copied from the British Museum website)
I've been trying to get my sil to name her kid after an Assyrian, Hittite, or Babylonian but she thinks the names are funny!