Significance Of The Stele Of Naram-Sin

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In Sippar, Mesopotamia, there laid a temple of the sun god, Shamash. Within the courtyard of this temple, there stood a six-foot six-inch piece of Royal Art. On display for the generations of that era, and many eras after, many are able to awe in the narration of a victorious event. This art displays the triumph of Naram-Sin, and his Military, conquering the Lullabi people of Zargos mountains; habitants of Eastern Mesopotamia. In r. 2254-2218 BCE, Naram-Sin was inspired to leave an imprint of his heroism and supremacy by creating the ‘Stele of Naram-Sin’. This commemorated artifact held tremendous value to Naram-Sin and the Akkadian people. For one thousand years, the ‘Stele of Naram-Sin’ remained erected in that sacred courtyard. It stood …show more content…
This is proven by the identifiable native trees portrayed throughout this scene. High on the mountain of Zargos, the Lullabi people inhabited the range. Along came Naram-Sin, marching up the summit, and following was his vast infantry. His people were armed with a multitude of weaponry; spears decorated with ornaments on top, battleaxes, and bows with arrows. They fearlessly charged through the native trees, one by one, piercing the souls of the Lullabi people; resulting in piles of bodies at their feet and casualties falling from enormous heights. Naram-Sin and his army conquered their land proudly, under the light of Shamash, who spread his rays upon their insolent …show more content…
Framed in a rectangular box are the words commemorating Naram-Sin’s victory. There is also an inscription on the right of the mountain, carved by King Shutruk-Nahhunte, after his capture of the piece. On a diagonal line, he carves out a statement of his own military and political accomplishments, along with a redirection of his Elamite god.
On the ‘Stele of Naram-Sin’, Naram-Sin is presented as larger than any other figure. This represents his own sense of grandeur, and depicts the period style of hierarchy scale. The representational style of Naram-Sin and his army all wearing similar clothing allows the viewers to identify them as his followers and his military. All the men are illustrated intentionally with different weapons. Additionally, the weapons are all being held in a different ways, which signifies

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