Esarhaddon Stele from Samal
This stele stood in the Inner gate-rom of the citadel of Sam’al – a Syrian city state. The king raises his hand in a gesture of worship while the other hand holds a rope connected to lips of two kings whose cities he subjected. According to the museum signboard, the kneeling smaller figure appears to depict the Egyptian crown prince while the the standing figure is probably that of a Syrian city-state ruler. (671 BC) Pergamon Museum

Isaiah prophesies that the king of Assyria will be forced to depart from the land of Judah with a hook through his nose.

Because you have raged against me and your complacency has come into my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will turn you back on the way by which you came. (2Ki 19:28 ESV)

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