Gypsum Stela of Ashurnasirpal II

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published on 31 March 2014

The Assyrian king worships gods (Ashur, Shamash, Sin, Adad, and Ishtar) and records his achievements. This freestanding gypsum monument was erected by King Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 BCE). This stela weighs over four tons and was erected outside the Temple of Ninurta (a god of hunting and warfare) built by the king in his newly established capital of Kalhu.
Neo-Assyrian era, 883-859 BCE, Ninurta Temple, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The British Museum, London)


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)
A consultant neurologist and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia.

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