Stone Altar of Tukulti-Ninurta I is an artifact (Alabaster stone Bas-Relief) related to the mythological story named 'Epic of Tukulti-Ninurta I.' The artifact's condition is Excellent and it is currently located at Vorderasiatisches Museum Berlin in Berlin, Germany, catalogued as record number VA 08146. The language of the text contained is Akkadian (Sumero-Akkadian Cuneiform writing system). Its estimated date is 1243—1207 BCE, which is a range based on available data and scholarship. The mythology associated with this artifact includes the Assyrian belief system and related deities: Nabû and Nusku.
Source record No.VA 08146MediumSketchMaterialPencilOrientationObverseImage dateUnknownCreatorEsther StarkSource notesKing Tukulti-Ninurta I, represented twice, worshiping a divine symbol, on an alabaster cult pedestal dedicated to the god Nusku | Assur, 13th century BCE | Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin | Drawing @ The Israel Museum, Jerusalem/by Esther Stark
Source record No.Plate 55MediumSketchMaterialPrintOrientationObverseImage date1922CreatorOtto SchroederSource notesCuneiform script; German publication.
Source record No.Pages 279-280MediumScreenshotMaterialPrintImage date1987CreatorAlbert K. Grayson
Altars as well as other structures were frequently found in Assyrian temples. They may have been placed next to statues of kings or other areas designating worship. Miniatures were also common, as is the case with Tukulti-Ninurta's I altar at the template of Ishtar in Assur.
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Vorderasiatisches Museum BerlinBerlin, Germany
Full address: Vorderasiatisches Museum Berlin, Bodestraße 1-3, Berlin, 10178, Germany
In the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) a lost wonder of the world can still be marvelled at today: the walls of the ancient city of Babylon. They were once counted among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, until they fell into ruin. One section, however, comprising the magnificent, gorgeously coloured Ishtar Gate and the Babylonian Processional Way, was salvaged and reconstructed. These monuments are among the numerous items which give the Vorderasiatisches Museum its claim to be one of the most important collections of oriental antiquities in the world. Others range from a Samarian pottery bowl painted with fish and birds, to Mesopotamian clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform writing, to sacred relief...
The bas-relief in relief was found in a room of the Ishtar temple in Assur. It originally stood in front of a wall and, as part of the temple inventory, bore cult symbols of worship. Such a god symbol is reproduced on the front side of the stone base: a rectangular writing tablet with a writing pen, which stands on an almost identical base with a stepped base and bulging bulges on both sides. Blackboard and stylus are symbols of Nabu, the god of writing (but see below for inscription, naming of Nusku, god of fire).While the image field of the symbol base remained undecorated on the relief, the surface of the three-dimensional base is provided with a relief scene. A standing and a kneeling male figure worship the cult base. The iconography of both figures is identical down to the last detail: bearded man with a club in his left hand, long fringed robe with a narrow belt, body jewelry. The inscription on the base of the base shows that King Tukulti-Ninurta I is depicted, in two phases of movement. The incompletely preserved inscription reads (excerpt): "Cult pedestal of the god Nusku, the grand vizier, the temple E-kur ..., which everyday reproduces the prayers of Tukulti-Ninurtas (I.) ...". [Ralf B. Wartke]
Museum of the Near East
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Apr. 28, 2020
Olaf M. Teßmer
Vorderasiatisches Museum der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage
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"The Great Inscription of Tukulti-Ninurta I" is a special journal publication by The Israel Museum, written by Yigal Bloch and Laura A. Peri. It contains a translation (and transliteration) of the myth named The Epic of Tukulti-Ninurta I. chrome_reader_modeRead now
This artifact contains mythological contents associated with Assyrian Religion. The main narrative mentioned may be Epic of Tukulti-Ninurta I, a Prestige myth. The deities depicted or mentioned in the artifact may be: Nabu and Nusku.
Parent belief system
AssyrianReligion · Polytheistic
Heads up. This Religion belongs to the Mesopotamian collection on the basis of shared myths and deities.
Assyrian religion was adapted from Babylonian and Akkadian culture during the first two centuries BCE. The religion was practiced from roughly 2000-500 BCE in modern-day Iraq and its chief deity was Aššur.
Tukulti-Ninurta I, the Assyrian leader, describes his military campaigns against the Babylonians. The poetic narrative embellishes the might and power of Tukulti-Ninurta I and his army, resulting in an Assyrian victory. A statue of the chief Babylonian deity, Marduk, was stolen and taken to the Assyrian capital.
The artifact named Stone Altar of Tukulti-Ninurta I is listed in the CDLI database as record number P466451. It belongs to composite number Q005863 .
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Cuneiform Digital Library InitiativeEst. 1998
The Cuneiform Digitial Library Initiative (CDLI) is a collaborative project among the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Oxford, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany). The project is funded by various universities and donors in the hopes of cataloging, translating, and digitizing artifacts with text in cuneiform script.
A joined artifact is one that was originally part of the other and was broken or fragmented at some point in time. Joins are common among clay tablets because they may get broken during discovery and transportation. The join is notated with the + sign. For example, if tablets A000 and Z999 are joined, we would express this relationship by grouping them as A000 + Z999 to indicate they are related.
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Symbolic base with inscription Tukulti-Ninurta I, 1243-1207 BCE. Alabaster stone base. VA 08146, Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Near East), Berlin, Germany. Accessed May 10, 2020. http://www.smb-digital.de.
Grayson, Albert K. "Tukulti-Ninurta I A.0.78.27." In Assyrian Rulers of the Third and Second Millennia BC (to 1115 BC), edited by Ronald F. G. Sweet, 279-280. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1987.
Grayson, Albert K., Grant Frame, Maynard P. Maidman, and Douglas R. Frayne. Assyrian Rulers of the Third and Second Millennia BC (to 1115 BC). Vol. 1, The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Assyrian Periods. Edited by Ronald F. G. Sweet. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1987.
Schroeder, Otto. Keilschrifttexte aus Assur Historischen Inhalts. Zweites Heft: Autographiert, mit inhaltsübersicht und namenlisten versehen von Otto Schroeder. Vol. 2, Wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichung der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft, Heft 16, 37. Leipzig, Germany: J.C. Hinrichs, 1922.
Walter, Andrae. Die jüngeren Ischtar-tempel in Assur: Ausgrabungen der Deutschen Orient-gesellschaft in Assur. A: Baudenkmäler aus assyrischer zeit ; v. V ; Wissenschaftliche veröffentlichung der Deutschen Orient-gesellschaft ; v. 58. Leipzig, Germany: J.C. Hinrichs, 1935.
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