Xian Nairi foot Mani Dui , Inagi Aden by inthinking                                                                (location on map in the source)

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Assyrian Relief with Winged Genius, dates to between 883 and 859 BC (Neo-Assyrian). 

The genius was a benevolent deity, who also had a protective function. His elaborate garments, with intricate depictions of animal hunts and ritual scenes along the edges, are the typical apparel of courtiers in the palace of King Ashurnasirpal II. This relief has a royal inscription of Ashurnasirpal II carved directly over the figure, in which the ruler boasts of his military campaigns.

Translations for parts of the inscriptions:

(Property of) the palace of Ashurnasirpal, vice-regent of Aszszur, chosen of the gods Enlil and Ninurta, beloved of the gods Anu and Dagan, destructive weapon of the great gods, strong king, king of the universe, king of Assyria, son of Tukulti-Ninurta (II), great king, strong king, king of the universe […]

With the help of the gods Szamasz and Adad, the gods my supporters, the troops of the lands Nairi, the land Habhu, the land Szubaru, and the land Nibur, like the god Adad / the devastator, I thundered over them. The king who subdued (the territory stretching) from the opposite bank of the Tigris to Mount Lebanon and the Great Sea, the entire land Laqu (and) the land Suhu including the city Rapiqu. / He conquered from the source of the river Subnat to the land Urartu.

Courtesy & currently located at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA. You can read the full inscription translation here.

I put Levin’s wig on Nairi, and ooops… now I kinda don’t want to take it off xD I might have to make her a similar one, in dark brown or black. More work, though D:

It’s a tragedy, because this one seems to look good on everyone, and even though it’s a hard cap, it fits a surprising range of dolls. It’s perfect on Nivah, on Nami, on Nairi, on Cecil, on Kai, on Shy, etc xD I might have to make a large amount of braided wigs….

Urartian Bronze Griffin, 7th Century BC

From Tushpa or Toprakkale.

Urartu (map) was originally known as Biainele with its capital at the rock fortress of Tushpa. The ancient city’s ruins are located just west of Van and east of Lake Van in the Van Province of Turkey. Today the region once known as Urartu is divided among Armenia, eastern Turkey, and northwestern Iran. In the bible, Urartu was known as the kingdom of Ararat.

Urartians spoke a language that was related to Hurrian, a language that has no other known connections. Their written language was adapted from Assyrian cuneiform but their inscriptions unfortunately only refer to royal construction activity therefore we get most of our information about Urartu from historic Assyrian sources. The Assyrian King Shalmaneser I (13th century BC) first mentions “Uruartri” as a Nairi state, which was a loose confederation of small kingdoms and tribes, of which he and his successors conquered at times, but not completely. Urartu re-emerged as a powerful kingdom and rival of Assyria in Assyrian inscriptions dated to the 9th century BC. Its tribes became united under the Urartian King Aramu (c. 860 – 843 BC) and the kingdom reached its zenith in the 9th and 8th centuries.

In the 7th century BC Urartu suffered from invasions by the Cimmerians, Scythians and Medes. The region came under the control of the Armenian Orontids in the 7th century BC and the Persians in the mid-6th century BC. By this time the kingdom of Urartu was no longer extant.