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stela

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    124800

  • Description

    Upper part of a Neo-Assyrian carved limestone round-topped stela: the 27 line inscription which records the re-building of Nineveh and the construction of a 'royal road'. Stelae were placed on either side of this road, which was 52 ells wide and led up to the gate of the royal park. The relief shows the king, Sennacherib, with his hand raised, almost certainly in the gesture worshipping symbols of the gods. The symbols are: (1) the fantastic, horned beast of Marduk, beside (2) the three three-horned caps of Anu, Enlil, and Ea; (3) the full and crescent moons of Sin; (4) the Winged disk of Ashur or, as some say, of Shamash; (5) the pot with flames which seems to take the place of the lamp of Nusku, a god of fire; (6) the star of Ishtar, and (7) the seven balls of Sibitti, the god of 'seven', representing both the planets and seven fixed stars.

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  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 704BC-681BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 127.6 centimetres
    • Width: 62 centimetres
    • Thickness: 3.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Cuneiform
      • Inscription Language

        Akkadian
      • Inscription Comment

        Written in 27 lines.
  • Bibliography

    • Gadd 1936b p. 170 bibliographic details
    • Paterson A 1915a pl. 4 (photograph) bibliographic details
    • Rawlinson H C & Norris E 1861a pl. 7, F (cuneiform copy) bibliographic details
    • Smith 1938d plate 34 bibliographic details
    • Luckenbill D D 1924b pp. 152-153 (translation) bibliographic details
    • Meissner B & Rost P 1893a pp. 65 and 68-71 bibliographic details
    • al-Mutewely 2000a similar version (found next to Nebi Yunus and acquired by the IM in 1999) bibliographic details
    • Luckenbill D D 1927a vol II, paras. 152-153 (translation) bibliographic details
    • Layard A H 1849b vol. II p. 140 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1851

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated in 1848.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    124800

  • Registration number

    1851,0902.9

  • Additional IDs

    • Nineveh Gallery 44 (exhibition number)
Upper part of a Neo-Assyrian carved limestone round-topped stela: the 27 line inscription which records the re-building of Nineveh and the construction of a 'royal road'.  Stelae were placed on either side of this road, which was 52 ells wide and led up t

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