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Copy of Victory Stele Inscription
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Copy of Victory Stele Inscription

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Description This stone tablet has the same inscription as a victory monument at an important battlefield, celebrating the defeat of a coalition of Babylonians and Elamites by the Neo-Assyrians. The inscription gives details of the battle and ends with a brief account of building operations in the newly conquered area.
Provenance Edgar J. Banks, Bagdad [claimed from Nineveh]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] On obverse: Aszszur, the great lord, father of the gods, Anum, Enlil, and Ea, Sin, Szamasz, Ada, Marduk, Nabu, Nergal, Isztar, / the Seven [Gods], the great gods who stand at the side of the king their worshipper, who make his weapons bitter to all [his] enemies- / Sennacherib, the great king, the mighty king, king of the universe, king of Assyria, king of the Four Corners, you desired king, protector of truth, / [lover] of justice the one who performs favors, companion of the crippled, he who searches for goodness the perfect young man, / the warlike male, foremost of all kings... [For transcription, see]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931

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ca. 690 BCE (Neo-Assyrian)
incised limestone
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25 x 16 x 4 in. (63.5 x 40.6 x 10.2 cm)


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