Early near Eastern and South East European gods

  • Several types of symbolic weapons are portrayed in the hands of divinities on the most diverse artistic works of the third millennium, such as maces or sceptres, daggers, spears. hows and arrows. There is also a weapon which has a form similar to a sickle. Data referring to it may be found - in addition to the representations - in written sources. We learn from the Cy1. «A» of Gudea that the king, the en-priest of Ningirsu, was the first to reach the cedar mountains and fell the cedars with his big axe. He then made the SAR.UR, the «Floodstorm Weapon» of his god, the right hand of Lagas. The inscription of statue «B» tells us the Same. When Gudea built the temple of Ningirsu, the god aided him in reaching the cedar mountains from which he took gigantic logs to make a weapon for his god: the SAR.UR, having the power ofa flood storm and the SAR.GAZ, a mace with seven copper knobs.

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Author:János Makkay
Parent Title (English):Acta archaeologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2010/07/01
Year of first Publication:1964
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/07/01
Page Number:62
First Page:3
Last Page:64
Signatur: Zsq 3507
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 93 Geschichte des Altertums (bis ca. 499), Archäologie / 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Licence (German):License LogoArchivex. zur Lesesaalplatznutzung § 52b UrhG