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Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III (reigned BCE - BCE) was found in a central palace erected by Shalmaneser III and Tiglath-Pileser IV Jastrow 1915, p 19. The Black Obelisk depicts five scenes of tribute, like a miniature throne room. Each scene occupies four panels, wrapping around the obelisk, and is identified by a line of cuneiform script above it. The Black Obelisk provides the earliest depiction of an ancient Israelite.



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Northwest Iran.

Jehu of Bit Omri

Ancient Israel.


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Middle Euphrates, Syria and Iraq.

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Antakya region of Turkey.