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Victory Stele of Naram-Sin

Victory Stele of Naram-Sin, 2230 BCE — Mesopotamia
2 cm1.5 cm

Victory Stele of Naram-Sin is a Mesopotamian, Limestone Sculpture created in 2230 BCE. It lives at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The image is tagged God, War, and Victory. Source

Naram-Sin's victory stele depicts him as a god-king (symbolized by his horned helmet) climbing a mountain above his soldiers, and his enemies, the defeated Lullubi. Although the stele was broken off at the top when it was stolen and carried off by the Elamite forces of Shutruk-Nakhunte, it still strikingly reveals the pride, glory, and divinity of Naram-Sin. The stele seems to break from tradition by using successive diagonal tiers to communicate the story to viewers, however the more traditional horizontal frames are visible on smaller broken pieces. It is six feet and seven inches tall, and made from pink sandstone. The stele was found at Susa, and is now in the Louvre Museum. A similar bas-relief depicting Naram-Sin was found a few miles north-east of Diarbekr, at Pir Hüseyin.

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