Ancient Worlds - BBC Two
Episode 2 “The Age of Iron”
Shalmaneser III -the god Shulmanu is pre-eminent- was king of Assyria (859 BC – 824 BC). During his reign he was capable of expanding the frontiers of the Neo Assyrian Empire, subduing most of the small kingdoms from the Euphrates in the north to the Jordan in the south.
No king of Assyria left more royal inscriptions and annals than him. He also left several monuments to himself in highly visible places like the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser, erected as a public monument to glorify the achievements of the king and his chief minister.
In the statue, Shalmaneser III holds a mace which is a symbol of kingship. The symbols of the most important Assyrian deities (Adad, Shamash, Ishtar and Sin) are placed around his neck.
Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul,Turkey