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  • Description

    Part of a copper alloy model of an Urartian city; the city wall has a high arched doorway flanked by towers. There were at least three upper floors, with two further ones in the turrets. Above the decorated parapets are stepped crenellations. The lower part of the walls, and the door and window-frames would have been beautifully cut and fitted stone blocks, with the upper wall of mud brick and the parapets resting on pairs of jutting beams.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 8thC BC (late)
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 28 centimetres
    • Width: 36 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Part of 1877,1218.2 (BM.91250).
    The function of this model is not known. It could have been dedicated in the temple to ensure the deity's protection, or presented by a vassal city or it could have been part of a wheeled hearth similar to one found at Nimrud in Assyria.

  • Bibliography

    • Lloyd S 1967a bibliographic details
    • Herzfeld E E 1941a bibliographic details
    • Vanden Berghe & De Meyer 1982a no.12, p. 126 bibliographic details
    • Piotrovskii B B 1959a p.204, fig.57 bibliographic details
    • Bossert H T 1942a p.300 bibliographic details
    • Barnett 1950a p.5, pl.1(2) bibliographic details
    • Talbot Rice T 1964a p.59, fig.45 bibliographic details
    • Boardman J 1984a pl.91 bibliographic details
    • van Loon M N 1966a pl.XX bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G54/dc6/sA

  • Exhibition history


    1997 15 Jan-15 Jun, Spain, Barcelona, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Architectural Models of Antiquity
    1991 28 May-7 Oct, Israel, Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, 'Urartu, A metal working centre in the first millennium BC'
    1982 8 Oct-1983 30 Jan, Belgium, Ghent, St Peter’s Abbey, Urartu: een vergeten cultuur uit het bergland Armenië

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  • Department

    Middle East

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COMPASS Title: Bronze model of a city wall


COMPASS Title: Bronze model of a city wall

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