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Ur (Fara-Ur I period) : "The Standard of Ur", c. 2900-2460 BC

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Title: Ur (Fara-Ur I period) : "The Standard of Ur", c. 2900-2460 BC
Author(s): Parrot, Andre
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mesopotamia : Eridu-'Ubaid period, Early Sumerian period, Fara-Ur I period, Imperial Akkadian period;mosaic & inlay;book scan
Description: Above, the panel representing war. Below, panel representing peace. Shaped like a lectern, this object consists of four panels (front, back & 2 sides), decorated with inlays. Dark & Bright, episodes should be read from bottom to top. Here gods are out of picture, credit for success goes to soldiers themselves. Earliest known representation of a chariot fight, here we see one chariot at different moments in action - first armoured cars in the history of warfare, and the world's first animated newsreel. The chariots clear the way for the infantry, who advance protected by heavy leather cloaks, & only have to round up the captives and drive them to the king, who has alighted from his chariot to await them. At banquet to celebrate the victory, the king has doffed his battle dress & appears in peacetime quilt. He sits facing his men guests, cup in hand, while a woman sings to the accompaniment of a harpist in the background.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4132


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