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Plaque fragment with chariot scenes inscribed with the Urartian royal name Argishti

Iron Age III
ca. 713–679 B.C.
2.72 x 6 in. (6.91 x 15.24 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1976
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 400
This fragment is decorated with two identical royal or religious processions, a typical stylistic and iconographic representation. What the footmen carry remains unknown. The Urartian cuneiform inscription above the top panel reads: "From the arsenal of Argishti."
By 1971, private collection (Kellner 1974, p. 50, pl. 3); acquired by the Museum in 1976, purchased from Sotheby's, London, December 8th, 1975, lot no. 79.

“Archaeology: Exploring the Past,” The Junior Museum of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 22, 1962–June 30, 1966.

“Urartu: A Metalworking Center in the First Millennium B.C.E.,” The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, May 28–October 7, 1991.

Kellner, Hans-Jörg. 1974. "Ein neuer Medaillon-Typus aus Urartu." Situla 14/15, Razprave Narodnega Muzeja v. Ljubliani, p. 50, pl. 3.

Calmeyer, Peter. 1975. "Barsombündel im 8. und 7. jahrhundert v. Chr." In Wandlungen: Studien zur Antiken und Neueren Kunst, Festschrift E. Homann-Wedeking. Waldsassen-Bayern: Stiftland-Verlag, pp. 11-15, pl.1.

Sotheby's. 1976. Catalogue of Antiquities and Islamic Art, 8 December 1975, London, p. 37, lot 79.

Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 106 (Jul. 1,1975 - Jun. 30, 1976), pp. 29-30.

Kellner, Hans-Jörg. 1976. Urartu: Ein Wiederentdeckter Rivale Assyriens, exh. cat., Prähistrorische Staatssammlung, Munich, no. 145, pl. 7.

Kendall, Timothy. 1977. "Urartian Art in Boston: Two Bronze Belts and a Mirror." Boston Museum Bulletin 75, p. 33, fig. 3.
Muscarella, Oscar W. 1979. "Plaque." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) 1975-1979, p. 10.

Markoe, Glenn. 1982. "Barsom or Staff? An Inscribed Urartian Plaque." Metropolitan Museum Journal 17, pp. 5-8, fig. 3.

Özgen, Engin. 1983. "The Urartian Chariot Reconsidered, I: Representational Evidence, 9th-7th Centuries, B.C." Anatolica 10, p. 117, figs. 4, 5.

Calmeyer, Peter. 1986. "Zu Einem Ziselierten Bronzehelm des 8. Jahrhunderts." Archaeologische Mitteilungen Aus Iran 19, p. 86, no. 43.

Muscarella, Oscar W. 1988. Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 428-429, no. 576.

Merhav, Rivka, ed. 1991. Urartu: A Metalworking Center in the First Millennium B.C.E., exh. cat., Israel Museum, p. 63, no.2.

Bilgi, Önder. 2012. Anadolu'da Insan Görüntüleri: Klasik Ç a ¬ğ Öncesi. Istanbul: Aygaz, p. 539, no. R260.
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