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After The Battle Is Over: The Stele Of The Vultures And The Beginning Of Historical Narrative In The Art Of The Ancient Near East

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This chapter contains details about the Stele of Vultures and Pictures that depicts Stele of Vultures. The Stele of the Vultures in the Louvre was a large, rectangular slab of white limestone with a rounded top. The modern restoration of the whole is based upon only seven fragments. Six were excavated during the 1880s at the site of modern Tello, ancient Girsu, a satellite town within the city-state of Lagash. The seventh fragment was acquired by the British Museum in 1900 and later given to the Louvre for the restoration. The obverse of the stele is divided into two registers, the upper portion almost twice the height of the lower. A large male figure holds a mace in his right hand, the mace-head touching the bald head of a small man who protrudes from a large net further to the left of the central figure.

Keywords: Battle; British Museum; Girsu; Historical Narrative; Lagash; Louvre; Registers; Stele; Tello; Vultures



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