The Statue of Idrimi
- The Statue of Idrimi
Statue of Idrimi, king of Alalakh; carved magnesite with glass eyes set into the eye-sockets; glass heavily weathered; inscription.
- 16thC BC
- Excavated/Findspot: Tell Atchana
- (Asia,Turkey,Mediterranean Region (Turkey),Hatay (province),Tell Atchana)
- Height: 104.14 centimetres
- Height: 63.5 centimetres (throne)
- Width: 48.26 centimetres
- Diameter: 59.69 centimetres
Inscription Translation'King for thirty years' (when statue commissioned).
Inscription CommentA note tells how Idrimi caused the statue to be made and inscribed after he had been king for thirty years; the inscription is an autobiography; after a family dispute in Aleppo, Idrimi's inheritance forced him to flee to Emar and from there to take refuge among nomads in Canaan; here, he gathered troops and, his brothers being reconciled with him, made a treaty with the king of Umman-Manda; Idrimi was recognised as king and head of a coalition; a successful raid on the Hittites was followed by the reconquest of Alalakh; the inscription ends with curses on any who would desecrate the statue and blessings on those who would honour it. Sharruwa the scribe claims authorship of the inscription.
Part of 1939,0613.102 (BM.130739).
On display: G57
Room 57: Ancient Syria [Syrian Room], Easter 1982-.
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Object reference number: WCO24954
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