Maltai Rock Reliefs

The rock reliefs at Maltai are associated with the northern canal system built by the Assyrian king Sennacherib (r. 704-681 BCE) to carry water to his capital city of Nineveh. Located in a remote mountainous area near the town of Ma’altaya—about 70 km north of Mosul in what is today Iraqi Kurdistan—these reliefs were sculpted into cliffs on the bank of the river Rubar Dohuk, some 200 m above the plain level.