The White Obelisk of Ashurnasirpal I

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 August 2016
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This limestone stela was excavated in 1853 CE. The incomplete inscription names Ashurnasirpal, probably Ashurnasirpal I (reigned 1049-1031 BCE). He is shown in his chariot fighting (at the top of the stela) and hunting (at the bottom), and taking part in ritual scenes. The middle scenes show booty and tribute being brought, but their order is uncertain. This is an early example of Assyrian narrative relief that developed into the palace reliefs of later periods. Assyrian, probably about 1050 BCE. From Mesopotamia Nineveh (modern-day Mosul Governorate, Iraq), between the Sennacherib's palace and the Ishtar temple. (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. (2016, August 22). The White Obelisk of Ashurnasirpal I. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/5466/the-white-obelisk-of-ashurnasirpal-i/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "The White Obelisk of Ashurnasirpal I." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified August 22, 2016. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/5466/the-white-obelisk-of-ashurnasirpal-i/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "The White Obelisk of Ashurnasirpal I." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 22 Aug 2016. Web. 03 Aug 2021.