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Rock relief of Iddin-Sin, King of Simurrum
Zagros mountains, Northeastern Iraq
ca. 2000 BCE
Limestone
H: 103; W: 98 cm
Accession number: 71.73.248

This relief – one of a group of similar works carved on the high cliffs situated on the northeastern border of Mesopotamia – was produced to commemorate the victories of a local king. Wearing a headdress decorated with crescents, he is depicted as a young, armed warrior, trampling his enemy in front of a goddess – all features typical of the Mesopotamian tradition. The goddess, perhaps a divine representative of the long list of gods given in the inscription, offers the king royal insignia: a rod and ring.


From the Israel Museum publications:
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir


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