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Bell inscribed with the Urartian royal name Argishti

Period:
Iron Age III
Date:
ca. 789–766 B.C.
Geography:
Urartu
Culture:
Urartian
Medium:
Bronze, iron
Dimensions:
3.43 in. (8.71 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Equestrian-Inscribed
Credit Line:
Gift of Nathaniel Spear Jr., 1977
Accession Number:
1977.186
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 400
This classical Urartian bell has a domed top, an octagonal and perforated body with a central raised ridge, and a loop for suspension. The Urartian cuneiform inscription reads: "From the arsenal of [King] Argishti."
From 1973, on loan by Nathaniel Spear Jr. to the Museum (L.1973.94); acquired by the Museum in 1977, gift of Nathaniel Spear Jr., New York. Published by the donor in A Treasury of Archaeological Bells (1978), no. 74.

“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.

Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 107 (Jul. 1, 1976 - Jun. 30, 1977), p. 38.

Muscarella, Oscar W. 1978. “Urartian Bells and Samos.” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Society 10, p. 71, fig. 10.

Spear, Nathaniel Jr. 1978. A Treasury of Archaeological Bells. New York: Hastings House Publishers, p. 113, fig. 121-122.

Muscarella, Oscar W. 1979. "Bell." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) 1975/1979, p. 11.

Harper, Prudence O. et al. 1984. "Ancient Near Eastern Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 41 (4), pp. 52-53, fig. 74.

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. 427-428, no. 575.

Merhav, Rivka, ed. 1991. Urartu: A Metalworking Center in the First Millennium B.C.E., exh. cat., Israel Museum, pp. 94-95, no. 57.
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