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Head of Tributary Bearers from Urartu


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 08 April 2019
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This alabaster bas-relief is part of a long tributary scene, where the Assyrian king, Sargon II (not shown here), stands majestically, waiting to receive the tribute from Urartu (modern-day Armenia).

The man on the right is in front of a line of tribute bearers who had come from Urartu to pay respect and tribute to Sargon II. His arms (with clenched fists) are raised in a gesture of subjugation or homage. The beardless Assyrian male figure on the left, with the pageboy's hairstyle, is the intermediary between the king and the tribute bearers, as in all Assyrian tributary scenes. He brings up the line and indicates towards the tribute bearers to come forward.

From the Royal Palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad, in modern-day Nineveh Governorate, Iraq. Circa 710 BCE. On display at Room X of the Iraqi Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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