Shamash-Shum-Ukin Monument

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 17 October 2014

This monument depicts Shamash-shum-ukin as a basket bearer. He was the Assyrian king of Babylon from 668-648 BCE, and was the second son of Esarhaddon. Shamash-shum-ukin was killed after an unsuccessful rebellion against Ashurbanipal, his brother. The monument records his restoration work. The anterior part of the monument was deliberately damaged but the posterior aspect, where the cuneiform inscriptions were made, remained intact. From the temple of Nabu at Borsippa (modern-day Birs Nimrud, Babel Governorate, Iraq), Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian period, circa 668-655 BCE. (The British Museum, London).

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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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Amin, O. S. M. (2014, October 17). Shamash-Shum-Ukin Monument. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Shamash-Shum-Ukin Monument." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 17, 2014.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Shamash-Shum-Ukin Monument." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 17 Oct 2014. Web. 05 Feb 2023.