Throne Dais of Shalmaneser III [North Face, West End]


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 10 May 2019
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This scene is part of a long tributary one where Shalmaneser III (r. 858-824 BCE) receives tribute from Qalparunda (c. mid 9th Century BCE) of the Land of Unqi (a Luwian Syri-Hittite state, also known as Pattin). The procession is headed by a bearded male figure (probably Qalparunda). Before him, a smaller bearded male, probably his son, appears. Both raise their hands in a homage or submission gesture. The tribute is composed of two trays of earrings (and buckets), a pair of fringed robes (slung on a pole between two men), an object (probably a wicker shield), and a large ingot of metal.

This dais was found in the eastern end of the throne room (T1) at Fort Shalmaneser in the city of Nimrud (in modern-day Nineveh Governorate, Iraq) in 1962 CE. The front and sides of the dais were carved in relief depicting various tributary scenes. The dais was completed around 846-845 BCE (and that would be the king's 13th year of reign). During the ransacking of the Iraq Museum in April 2003 CE, this object was not vandalized and remained intact. It is on display at the Assyrian Gallery of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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