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base / altar

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    118870

  • Description

    Limestone pedestal or altar: used to support the holy emblem of the god Enlil. Inscription dedicated to the god Enlil near the top.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 865BC-860BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54 centimetres
    • Length: 54.5 centimetres
    • Width: 31.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Cuneiform
      • Inscription Position

        near top
      • Inscription Translation

        the king of heaven, . . . who dwelleth in the temple of Kidmari.
      • Inscription Comment

        In the inscription, the king says he dedicates the altar so that his life may endure and his days be long, and so that his successors and his country may enjoy prosperity.
  • Bibliography

    • Streck M 1916a III, p.817 (refs on Bhit-Kidmuri) bibliographic details
    • Budge & King 1902a p.160 bibliographic details
    • Rassam H 1897a p.226 (described as a "seat") bibliographic details
    • Budge E A W 1914 pl. VII.1 bibliographic details
    • Collon 2010a pp.152-53, fig.4b (on the bracelets) bibliographic details
    • Grayson, RIMA 2 RIM.A.0.101.98 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    Assyrian Transept West

  • Condition

    Good / fair.

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1879

  • Acquisition notes

    Found by Rassam 1878

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    118870

  • Registration number

    Rm-II.617

  • Additional IDs

    • NG. 71 (ex Nimrud Gallery)

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