martes, 15 de octubre de 2013

The Black Obelisk

The Black Obelisk

The "Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III" is a black limestone Neo-Assyrian bas-relief sculpture from Nimrud, in northern Iraq, commemorating the deeds of King Shalmaneser III.
It is the most complete Assyrian obelisk yet discovered, and is historically significant because it is thought to display the earliest ancient depiction of a biblical figure, although the traditional identification of "Yaw" as Jehu has been questioned. Its reference to 'Parsua' is also the first known reference to the Persians.

The obelisk features twenty reliefs, five on each side. They depict five different subdued kings, bringing tribute and prostrating before the Assyrian king.


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