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The Balawat Gates

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    124657

  • Title (series)

    • The Balawat Gates
  • Description

    Bronze band from the Balawat Gates of Shalmaneser III; from right door-leaf; embossed scene of a campaign in Syria showing the capture of cities in Hamath.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 858BC-824BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Cuneiform
      • Inscription Comment

        Grayson 1996: A.0.102.82
  • Location

    G6b

  • Condition

    Fair.

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1878

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    124657

  • Registration number

    Rm.1037

  • Additional IDs

    • Band XIII (M)
Bronze band from the Balawat Gates; embossed scene of Shalmaneser III's campaign in Syria, 849BC.

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Bronze band from the Balawat Gates; embossed scene of Shalmaneser III's campaign in Syria, 849BC.

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