Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III
The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III is a stock image that depicts an ancient artifact from biblical times. The obelisk is made of black limestone and stands over six feet tall. It was created during the reign of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III in the 9th century BC and contains inscriptions and relief carvings of various historical events and figures.
One of the most significant reliefs on the obelisk shows King Jehu of Israel kneeling before Shalmaneser III and offering tribute. Other reliefs depict scenes of battle and conquest, including the subjugation of the king of Babylon and the siege of a city identified as “Bit-Khumri” which is thought to be the biblical city of Samaria.
The Black Obelisk is an important historical artifact that provides valuable insights into the political and military events of the ancient Near East during the 9th century BC. Its inscriptions and carvings are studied by scholars to better understand the ancient world and its peoples.