When Austen Henry Layard excavated the palace of Aššurnaṣirpal II at Nimrud, ancient Kalḫu, he did not describe Room Z in detail. Therefore, information to aid in a reconstruction of this room must be collected and carefully analysed with the use both of primary sources and the careful considerations of earlier and contemporary scholars who have contributed to the restoration of this palace since its discovery almost 150 years ago.
Layard described the room and the one entrance which he designated as such in the following manner:
“Entrance a. Colossal winged figures with garlands round their temples, carrying on one arm a wild goat or a gazelle, and in the elevated right hand, an ear of corn: facing Chamber Z.”
“Room Z. A narrow passage, connecting hall Y with a chamber which has been completely destroyed. Nos. 1, 2, 6, 7 are narrow slabs, divided by the usual inscription in two compartments, each occupied by a small winged figure. On the remaining slabs are colossal winged figures, with the horned cap.”