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Nineveh (Late Dynastic Period - The Imperial Akkadian Period), Temple of Ishtar : Bronze cast head of ruler, Imperial Akkadian II-III

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Title: Nineveh (Late Dynastic Period - The Imperial Akkadian Period), Temple of Ishtar : Bronze cast head of ruler, Imperial Akkadian II-III
Author(s): Strommenger, Eva
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mesopotamia : Eridu-'Ubaid period, Early Sumerian period, Fara-Ur I period, Imperial Akkadian period;sculpture;bronze;book scan
Description: Both ears cut off, left eye damaged, lower part of beard knocked off, etc., all damage apparently done in antiquity, and intentionally, suggesting that an enemy had tried to injure symbolically the ruler portrayed. Style met already in Fara-Ur I period (see e.g. slide of golden helmet). It is probably this that has led to his being identified as Sargon of Agade (Akkad). This theory is unfounded, however : first, because this hair style appears on a stele of Naram-Sin as well, secondly, because its mature Akkadian style suggests a later date (Imperial Akkadian II or III). See also : Andre Parrot, Sumer, translated by Stuart Gilbert and James Emmons, London, Thames & Hudson, 1960, Illustrations 208 & 206, pp. 173 & 171. -- c. 2415-2290 BC, h : 36.6 cm (Iraq Museum, Baghdad 11331).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/201458
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4162

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