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Stele of Tiglath-Pilesar III (biblical Pul)
Zagros mountains, Western Iran
Neo-Assyrian Period, 745–727 BCE
H: 240 cm
Gift of Ayoub Rabenou, Paris
Reconstruction made possible by J. and J. Weprin to American Friends of Israel Museum
Accession number: 74.49.96

This stele depicts Tiglath-Pileser III, founder of the Assyrian Empire, holding a mace – a royal emblem of authority – and wearing Assyrian royal headgear. Above him are symbols of the main Assyrian deities. Although the inscription commemorates the king's military campaigns, he is portrayed as a worshiper rather than a conqueror. The inscription mentions payment of tribute by Menachem son of Gadi, king of Israel, an event described in the Bible (II Kings 15:19–20).

From the Israel Museum publications:
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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