Assurnasirpal II

Archaeology museum piece

This inscription is that of Ashurnasirpal II, king of Assyria, who ruled from 883 to 859 BC. The inscription was recovered from Kalhu (biblical Calah). At Kalhu Ashurnasirpal constructed a monumental palace and temple to the god Ninurta, among other building projects. This inscription is a fragment of the so-called Standard Inscription which was recovered from the Ninurta temple. The fragment reads:

“among the princes of the four corners, he has
no rival, marvelous shepherd, one who is fearless in battle,
mighty flood tide who has no opponent, king who…
…as far as the land of…”