Statue Of An Aramaean King


Since it was found out of context, this massive statue sculpted in the round is difficult to date with precision. However, several features point to the possibility that the statue represents an Aramaean king: the material used; the stocky, geometric style; certain details like the hairstyle and beard; and the figure’s pose, with hands held out close straight in front. This interpretation is supported by the fact that comparable statues have been found on well-identified sites. Aramaean sovereigns were frequently represented in this pose so that they could receive the offerings of their successors or be placed in a chariot as if they were hunting.

  • Site: UNKNOWN (Arsalan Tash?) (*)

  • Date: 900 BC (?)

  • Material: Basalt

  • Item Dimensions: 180 x 45 x 38 cm

  • Archaeological Mission:

  • National Museum Of Aleppo (2011) – ALEPPO M 11444

  • Index Code: Alp 053

Excavation Site Location

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