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Western Asiatic Inscribed Sword of King Ninurta-nadin-Šumi

Antiquities - Arms and Armour


LOT 0310

Estimate
GBP (£) 4,000 - 6,000
EUR (€) 4,530 - 6,800
USD ($) 5,400 - 8,100
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Opening Bid: £3,600 (EUR 4,078; USD 4,858)
WESTERN ASIATIC INSCRIBED SWORD OF KING NINURTA-NADIN-ŠUMI
1132-1127 BC

A bronze short sword with lentoid-section triangular blade, rectangular guard and hilt socketted to each face to accept an organic insert; to each face of the blade below the guard a short cuneiform inscription in two lines in the Akkadian language using Sumerian words; Side A: ša dnin-uraš-[sum-mu?] "sword of Ninurta [nadin-šumi]", lugal [šar] "the king [of the world]" Side B: [luga]l ká-dingir-r[a]ki "King of Babylon", [luga]l ki-in-gi[ur]iki "King of Sumer and Ak[kad]"; supplied with detailed report by M.Weeden, SOAS. 371 grams, 45.5cm (18").

Condition
Fine condition; chipped.
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Provenance
Property of a Middlesex lady; acquired on the London art market in 2007; formerly in a private collection formed in the 1980s.

Footnotes
The Weeden report specifies that parts of the inscription are obscured and these have been indicated in the transcription by square brackets '[ ]' based on parallel inscriptions on other similar swords.The text rehearses a formula also found on e.g. the sword of Marduk-nadin-ahhe. The most probable candidate for the owner of the present sword is Ninurta-nadin-šumi, the predecessor of Nebuchadnezzar I, although other possibilities are explored. The sword may reflect the increased interest in military affairs even before the accession of Nebuchadnezzar I, who attacked the kingdom of Elam.

Date
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 to Saturday 27 May 2017 - Antiquities & Coins

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