Throne Dais of Shalmaneser III [Front Panel]


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 10 May 2019
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The front panel of this dais depicts Shalmaneser III (r. 858-824 BCE), (on the right) handshaking Marduk-zakir-shumi (r. 855 - 819 BCE) (left), king of Babylon. Both are surrounded by guards and stand below a fringed canopy supported by poles. The scene commemorates Shalmaneser's support of Marduk-zakir-sumi against his rebellious brother, Marduk-bel-usati and the ascent of Marduk-zaki-shumi to the throne. Its place on the dais reflects its importance as one of the great achievements of Shalmaneser III.

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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