The Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 04 February 2014
The Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III

This obelisk was erected as a public monument in 825 BCE at a time of civil war. The relief sculptures glorify the achievements of King Shalmaneser III and his commander-in-chief . It lists their military campaigns of 31 years and the tribute they exacted from their neighbors. It is the most complete Assyrian obelisk yet discovered, and it is historically significant because it is thought to display the earliest ancient depiction of a biblical figure - Jehu King of Israel. Reign of Shalmaneser III, 858-824 BCE, neo-Assyrian era, from Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), northern Iraq, Mesopotamia, the British Museum, London.


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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Amin, O. S. M. (2014, February 04). The Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/2289/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "The Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 04, 2014. https://www.ancient.eu/image/2289/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "The Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 04 Feb 2014. Web. 15 Oct 2019.

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