Throne Dais of Shalmaneser III [South Face, East End]

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 11 May 2019
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This scene is part of a long tributary one where the Shalmaneser III (r. 858 - 824 BCE) receives Chaldean tribute from Musallim-Marduk, son of Ukani.

The procession is headed by a bearded male figure (probably the prince). Before him, a smaller male figure (child), probably his son, appears. Both raise their hands in a homage or submission gesture. They are followed by a chamberlain bearing his staff of office, a second attendant with a model of his city in token of his submission, and then two tribute-bearers and a groom. The first tribute-bearer carries on his head a large tray loaded with objects (cruciform and pendant earrings and torque armlets, presumably of gold or silver). The second man carries has a tusk of ivory over his shoulder and a metal bucket in his left hand. On the extreme left, a groom is shown leading a horse (not shown here). The hair of all the figures is dressed in approximately the Assyrian fashion and bound with a fillet, narrowing towards a knot at the back from which the ends hang down; the ends are not always shown but the difference does not appear to be significant, since the prince and the groom are identically represented in this respect.

This dais was found in the eastern end of the throne room (T1) at Fort Shalmaneser in the city of Nimrud (in modern-day Nineveh Governorate, Iraq) in 1962 CE. The front and sides of the dais were carved in relief depicting various tributary scenes. The dais was completed around 846-845 BCE (and that would be the king's 13th year of reign). During the ransacking of the Iraq Museum in April 2003 CE, this object was not vandalized and remained intact. It is on display at the Assyrian Gallery of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq.

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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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