By Kathryn Slanski
During this research into the shape, functionality and old value of the Babylonian entitlement narus (steles), the writer sheds new gentle on one in all antiquity's so much mysterious and elusive sessions of artifact. mainly known as kudurrus, those items first got here to the eye of western students in 1801 while the explorer Anton Michaux offered a sophisticated black stone that he had came upon close to Baghdad to the Bibliotheque nationwide in Paris. as well as her in-depth learn of the environment of those items and the inscriptions and aid sculptures carved on them, Slanski locations the kudurrus squarely in the huge culture in Mesopotamia. This quantity supplies to be an important contribution for Assyriologists and someone attracted to the background and inventive traditions of historic Mesopotamia.
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