Fragment of a victory stele of Naram-sin

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Akkadian
Akkadian Period
2334–2154 B.C.


Height: 33.65 cm (13 1/4 in.)

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Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Fragment of a stele that apparently comemmorated one of Naram-Sin’s victories in Anatolia. With two other fragments now in the Baghdad Museum, it depicts a procession of fettered, nude prisoners led by helmeted Akkadian troupes. Originally composed of several registers. The warrior in this fragment wears a ribbed or quilted helmet, a fringed sash and a long skirt. He holds a battle ax and rests his right arm on the shoulder of the last man in a line of bound captives.


By 1966: Dr. Elie Borowski collection, Basel; 1966: purchased by the MFA from Dr. Elie Borowski.

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Gift of the Guide Foundation and Mrs. Hilary Barrat-Brown