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Telloh (Fara-Ur I period) : Stele of the Vultures

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Title: Telloh (Fara-Ur I period) : Stele of the Vultures
Author(s): Parrot, Andre
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mesopotamia : Eridu-'Ubaid period, Early Sumerian period, Fara-Ur I period, Imperial Akkadian period;sculpture;stone;book scan
Description: The men of Lagash advance carrying leather shields and spears. The king stands at the head, a thick protective hide draped over his body. The battle is already won, they are marching over the bodies of their enemies, which birds of prey are already beginning to devour. Below march bare-chested light infantry. The king again leads, but in his war-chariot. With a spear in his left hand and a falchion in the right one, he wears a leather helmet with a false chignon to protect the nape of his neck. The king had let his hair down before battle (see Samson). On the bottom register, they count their dead and bury them in a heap with funeral sacrifices. Only a head remains of the bottom register with captives being led away, the head identified as that of Kalbum, King of Kish. The history of the war is given on p. 396 of Eva Strommenger, The Art of Mesopotamia, translated by Christina Haglund, London, Thames & Hudson, 1964. -- Detail : King Eannatum at the head of his troops, c. 2900-2460 BC.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4128


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