Têtes coupées : une primauté éblaïte ? Considérations et autres remarques sur la frise à incrustations d’Ebla

Authors

  • Rita Dolce Università Roma 3

Keywords:

Ebla protosyrienne, têtes coupées, images, données d’Archives, étendard, nouvelle hypothèse, autres restes de incrustations, mythe, guerre

Abstract

The current analysis focuses on the “Victory Panel”, found in a fragmentary state in the Royal Palace G of Ebla, where it was improperly reused in secondary deposition in L.4436 once it deliberately fell into oblivion. The original Work is certainly to be ascribed to the earlier pre-palatial phase of the royal seat (G5). It is an official monument with warlike and mythical contents and the only document of the sort still present in the Early Syrian figurative culture, attesting to a season of heinous conflicts and victories over enemies, which lay the foundation for the blooming of the Mature Early Syrian reign of Ebla. Some figurative fragments which surfaced long ago, during excavation, from the leftover waste materials of the palatine walls of Royal Palace G are similar for subjects, iconography, material, and style to those recurring on the “Victory Panel” and likely belong to the same Work. The recurrence of severed heads in the figurative remains of the “Victory Panel” states at present a chronological primacy of the Ebla Early Syrian visual narration in the contemporary Syrian and Mesopotamian scene. It also finds continuity in textual documentation from Eblaite Archives from the following Mature Early Syrian Period. Finally, the current analysis also concerns some hypothesis and interpretations on the ideological structure of the Work, grounded in the interplay between Myth and History.

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Published

22/05/2024

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Dolce, R. (2024). Têtes coupées : une primauté éblaïte ? Considérations et autres remarques sur la frise à incrustations d’Ebla. Ash-Sharq: Bulletin of the Ancient Near East – Archaeological, Historical and Societal Studies, 8(1), 36–54. Retrieved from http://archaeopresspublishing.com/ojs/index.php/ash-sharq/article/view/2483

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