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The Kurkh Stela

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • The Kurkh Stela
  • Description

    Limestone stela; shows Ashurnasirpal II in an attitude of worship, raising his right hand to symbols of the gods; inscription.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 879BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 193 centimetres
    • Width: 93 centimetres
    • Depth: 27 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Comment

        Describes the campaign of 879 when Assyrians attacked the lands of the upper Tigris, in the Diyabakir region.
  • Curator's comments

    Probably set up after campaign of 879BC in one of the main towns under Assyrian rule.

  • Bibliography

    • Gadd 1936b p.129 (wrongly refers to discover as J.E. Taylor) bibliographic details
    • Grayson, RIMA 2 RIM.A.0.101.19 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G6a

  • Exhibition history




    Nimroud Central Saloon (Trustees Papers, Dept of Oriental Antiquities etc: General Reports, 12 Nov 1863, no. 9532; application for permission to display here).

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Found by Taylor October 1861; reached England 1862. Central Archive, Original Papers, 19 July 1862, no. 7451: letters regarding the removal of antiquities from Kurkh from Birch & Messrs Lynch. Central Archive, Book of Presents, 24 June 1863, no. 5213, described thus: "Two upright stelae with reliefs and inscriptions: from Kerk on the Tigris: sent by Mr Consul Taylor from Baghdad". Shipped by Messrs Lynch (WAA Corr).

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 125 (ex)


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