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The Nergal Fragment that Changed the World

A fragment of a circular stone vessel which was dedicated to the temple of God Nergal by a high official. The carved scenes in low relief depict the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III on his knees before a central object (lost), probably a sacred tree. However, it is very likely the central object was Nergal himself, as there is a remnant of an eagle-like foot. From the temple of Nergal at Tarbisu (modern-day Sherif Khan, Nineveh Governorate, Iraq), northern Mesopotamia. 9th century BCE. (The British Museum, London).

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