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Limestone statue of attendant god dedicated to Nabu by Adad-Nirari III and Sammuramat; carved from inferior limestone, standing in the attitude of submission, wearing the single-horned crown proper to minor deities. There is an inscription round the skirt.
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Height: 182.88 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Pair with 1856,0909.65 (BM.118889).
The figure was dedicated to Nabu, the god of learning, in the temple of Ezida at Calah by the governor of Calah and other cities, for the life of the king, of the donor and of the people under his rule.
The unjustified inference has been drawn in the past that this figure represented Nabu, but it clearly represents an attendant of the kind found in the prophylactic terracotta figurines. The inscription around the skirts is the same on both figures, and has been published in Rawlinson, vol. i, Plate 35, no. 2, and translated in Luckenbill, 'Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia', vol. i, p. 264. For the circumstances of discovery see Gadd, 'The Stones of Assyria', pp. 150-51.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2019-2020 9 Dec-29 Mar, St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum, I founded therein my royal palace. Monuments of Assyrian art from the collection of the British Museum
2015 – 2016 4 Dec – 29 May, National Museum of Singapore, ‘Treasures of the World’s Cultures’
2012 Nov - 2013 Feb, Kunsthalle, Bonn, Germany, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2012 April - August, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Treasures of the World’s Cultures'
2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World’s Cultures
2007 14 Sep-2 Dec, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
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- Middle East
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