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Plaque fragment inscribed with the Urartian royal name Argishti|
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
A larger image of the procession of chariots on a plaque fragment inscribed with the Urartian royal name Argishti, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Plaque fragment inscribed with the Urartian royal name Argishti (probably Argishti II), 8th–7th century b.c.
Eastern Anatolia or Northwestern Iran, Urartian
2.72 x 6 in. (6.91 x 15.24 cm)
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."
One Argishti is known to have reigned from ca. 785–765 B.C., the second from 714–ca. 685 B.C.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. 1976.5
See also Urartu: The Kingdom of Van - Opposition for the Assyrians by Clive Naseby
Ancient Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers