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  • Description

    Limestone stela of Shamshi-Adad V: a round-topped stela of white limestone. The king stands in the gesture of blessing before five divine emblems: (1) the crown of the sky-god Anu, with three horns; (2) the winged disk; (3) the disk and crescent; (4) the fork; (5) the eight-pointed star of Ishtar. The cross worn as an amulet is a symbol of the sun god.


  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 815BC-811BC
  • Findspot

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 195.24 centimetres
    • Width: 92.54 centimetres
    • Depth: 71.96 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Comment

        Written in strange form of cuneiform to give impression of age and authority; an incomplete account of the king's campaigns to 815BC.
  • Curator's comments

    Copy of BM.115020The cross worn as an amulet is found not infrequently on seals of the Kassite period in Babylonia, 1500-1000 B.C., and occurs on Sumerian seals of the early archaic period.
    On the sides and back of the stele is a cuneiform inscription in archaistic characters, the exact forms not being found elsewhere; it is published in Rawlinson, 'Cuneiform Inscriptions of Western Asia', vol. i, plates 29-31, and translated in Luckenbill, 'Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia', vol. i, pp. 253-9. For the circumstances of discovery see Gadd, 'The Stones of Assyria', pp. 149-50.


  • Bibliography

    • Smith 1938d plate 2 bibliographic details
    • Rawlinson H C & Norris E 1861a plates 29-31 bibliographic details
    • Gadd 1936b pp. 149-50 bibliographic details
    • Luckenbill D D 1926a pp. 253-9 bibliographic details
    • Collon 2010a pp.153-55, fig.5 (on the bracelets) bibliographic details
    • Grayson, RIMA 3 RIM.A. bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G6a

  • Subjects

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

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  • Additional IDs

    • 110 (ex)
COMPASS Title: Stela of Shamshi-Adad V


COMPASS Title: Stela of Shamshi-Adad V

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