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The Statue of Idrimi

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Statue of Idrimi
  • Description

    Statue of Idrimi, king of Alalakh; carved magnesite with glass eyes set into the eye-sockets; glass heavily weathered; inscription.

  • Date

    • 16thC BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 104.14 centimetres
    • Height: 63.5 centimetres (throne)
    • Width: 48.26 centimetres
    • Diameter: 59.69 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Translation

        'King for thirty years' (when statue commissioned).
      • Inscription Comment

        A 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.
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 1939,0613.102 (BM.130739).

  • Bibliography

    • Maloigne 2017 bibliographic details
    • ILN 1939a p. 869, figs 9-12 (includes in situ views) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G57

  • Exhibition history


    Room 57: Ancient Syria [Syrian Room], Easter 1982-.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Statue of Idrimi


COMPASS Title: Statue of Idrimi

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