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shield

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1880,1216.1

  • Description

    Copper alloy shield decorated with incised figures of lions and bulls; the concentric friezes are laid out with the lions and bulls changing direction and base line, so that when the shield is upright no animal is upside down, inscription in Urartian cuneiform of Rusa, son of Erimena. This was one of several fragmentary shields which may have decorated the façade of the temple.

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  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 650BC (c.)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 85.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
      • Inscription Language

        Urartian
      • Inscription Translation

        [Rusa, son of Erime]na, mighty king, great king, lord of the city of Tushpa.
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 1880,1216.3

  • Bibliography

    • Sigrist M et al 1996a bibliographic details
    • König F W 1955a 133e, pp.26,162, pl.99 bibliographic details
    • Barnett 1950a p.13, pl.X.1 bibliographic details
    • Budge E A W 1922a p.169 bibliographic details
    • Bossert H T 1942a p.315 bibliographic details
    • Perrot G & Chipiez C 1884a p.756, fig.415 bibliographic details
    • Azarpay G 1968a pl.56 & 57, a,b bibliographic details
    • Coogan M D et al 1994a pp.286-295 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G54/dc6/sB

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited

    1991 28 May-7 Oct, Israel, Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, 'Urartu, A metal working centre in the first millennium BC'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1880

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated under a permit held by Rassam, who requested that Clayton direct the project and export the finds whilst Raynolds supervised the excavation.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1880,1216.1

COMPASS Title: Decorated bronze shield

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COMPASS Title: Decorated bronze shield

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