Shalmaneser III 859–824 BC

BAND IV. 2 


CAMPAIGN IN NORTHERN SYRIA, 858 B.C.

Upper Register:
Shalmaneser encamped before the city of Dabigu.

Lower Register:
Shalmaneser watching an assault on a city from a neighboring hill.

The Balawat Gates were three sets of gates from Balawat or Imgur-Enlil, an ancient outpost of the Assyrian Empire.

The Bronze bands record Shalmaneser III campaign to the source of the Tigris River. Winged Lamassu on either side.

Band X. 3.

Expedition To The Source Of  The Tigris, 853 B.C..

Upper Register:
Assyrian chariots which had escorted native deputation to headquarters.

Lower Register:
The burning of Kulisi, and the impaling and mutilation of its male inhabitants.

Shalmaneser III 859–824 BC

BAND X. 4 


EXPEDITION TO THE SOURCE OF THE TIGRIS, 853 B.C.

Upper Register:
Shalmaneser receiving the submission of a local chief.

Lower Register:
Shalmaneser's escort ascending the left bank of the headwaters of the Tigris (Bylkalein Su).

Image of Shalmaneser III is still visible today near the Tigris Tunnel (source) 50 miles north of Diyarbakır in Turkey

SCENE FROM BLACK OBELISK of SHALMANESER III

Cuneiform Inscription Reads:

The tribute of Jehu, son of Omri: I received from him silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase with pointed bottom, golden tumblers, golden buckets, tin, a staff for a king [and] spears. ​​

"And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty and eight years." 

       2Kings 10:36

This is the only known image of any of the kings of Israel although this could be an ambassador

BAND III. 1.

CAMPAIGN IN PHOENICIA, 859 B.C.

Upper Register:
Transport of tribute in boats Tyre to the mainland.


Lower Register: Assyrian camp (circle) and chariots on the expedition against Khazazu

BAND X. 6.

Expedition To The Source Of  The Tigris, 853 B.C.

Upper Register:
Sacrificial scene at the head of a valley in the mountains.

Lower Register:
Carving of the royal image beside the exit of the stream from the natural tunnel in the limestone. Image is still visible today near the Tigris Tunnel 50 miles north of Diyarbakır in Turkey

BAND III. 5 


CAMPAIGN IN PHOENICIA, 859 B.C.

Upper Register:
Assyrian chariots and cavalry; two military officers.

Lower Register:
Slaughter of men from Khazazu.

Band VIII. 2.

Campaign In North-east Mesopotamia, 855 B.C.

Upper Register:
The assault on Uburi, the city of Ankhiti, the Shubrian.

Lower Register:
A city of the Shubrians, probably Uburi, after capture. Note decapitated heads stacked

BAND III. 2.

Campaign In Phoenicia, 859 B.C.


Upper Register: Tribute from Tyre and Sidon, including bales of goods, bronze cauldrons, etc.

Lower Register:Assyrian officials leading captives from Khazazu into the presence of Shalmaneser.