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Throne Dais of Shalmaneser III [South-West Re-entrant, S. Face]


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 10 May 2019
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This scene is part of a long tributary one where the Shalmaneser III (r. 858-824 BCE) receives Chaldean tribute from Musallim-Marduk, son of Ukani.

On this panel, there are seven figures. The leading figure of the procession carries no offering and is probably an official of the tributary city. He is followed by two tribute-bearers, one with a small tray of the cruciform objects tentatively identified as ear-rings, the second with a larger tray of metal bowls and torques. Then, comes a model city, followed by a pair of bows and a helmet, two balks of wood and a round-bottomed metal bucket, and a large two-handled cauldron.

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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About the Author

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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