Jonah 3:6-10 (NLT)
6 When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in sackcloth and sat on a heap of ashes.
7 Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals, may eat or drink anything at all. 8 Everyone is required to wear sackcloth and pray earnestly to God. Everyone must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. 9 Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will have pity on us and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”
10 When God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, he had mercy on them and didn’t carry out the destruction he had threatened.
TIME OF DAY:
Indeterminate from scriptures, some time during the day.
Light is coming in from the door, unseen, off to the right of the scene.
The Assyrian king, wearing sackcloth & sitting in a pile of ashes. The King’s scribe, taking down the king’s decree, which went out to the whole city of Nineveh.
I managed to find some pictures of what the Assyrians used to wear, on the internet, which helped when it came to drawing the residents of Nineveh.