Sam'al Stele of King Esarhaddon

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 26 August 2014

This commemorative basalt stele depicts the Assyrian king Esarhaddon worshiping gods and symbols of gods. The king's left hand holds a royal mace and two ropes. These ropes pass through the lips of two captives. The kneeling smaller figure appears to an Egyptian crown prince, while the larger standing man is a Syrian city-state governor. There are cuneiform inscriptions on the front side of the stele which narrate the victorious military campaigns of Esarhaddon. From the citadal of Sam'al/Zincirli, modern Turkey. 671 BCE. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).


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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