Detail of the War Scene of the Standard of Ur Showing Prisoners of War

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 06 April 2018
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This is a detail of the so-called "War Scene" of the Standard of Ur. This detail is the right end of the top register. Sumerian soldiers wearing flounced skirts lead prisoners of wars. The captives are naked and their bodies have wounds with blood gushing from them. The soldier on the right holds a band, with his right hand, wrapped around the neck of the prisoner in front of him. The artist was successful in delivering the scene of humiliation and defeat of the captives. The depictions, in mosaic, were made using lapis lazuli, red limestone, and shell set in place with bitumen. The Standard of Ur is a (reconstructed) hollow box and its precise purpose is unknown. Early Dynastic Period, circa 2500 BCE. From the Royal Cemetry of Ur, Ur, Sothern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (The British Museum, London).

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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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Amin, O. S. M. (2018, April 06). Detail of the War Scene of the Standard of Ur Showing Prisoners of War. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8426/detail-of-the-war-scene-of-the-standard-of-ur-show/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Detail of the War Scene of the Standard of Ur Showing Prisoners of War." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 06, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/8426/detail-of-the-war-scene-of-the-standard-of-ur-show/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Detail of the War Scene of the Standard of Ur Showing Prisoners of War." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 06 Apr 2018. Web. 20 Jun 2021.