Stele of Mesha, King of Moab

Mesha Stele, Moab

This iron age basalt stele of Mesha, king of Moab reveals his victory over Israel. It is also referred to as the Moabite Stone.

Louvre Excerpt

Stela of Mesha, king of Moab, commemorating his victory over the Kings of Israel
Iron age (circa 800 BC)
H 124 cm; L 71 cm
AO 5066


"The stela of Mesha, discovered in 1868 then brought back by Clermmont-Ganneau in 1873, carries an inscription of thirty-four lines in moabite, a script close to ancient phoenician. The text commemorates the defeat inflicted on the kingdom of Israel after the death of Achab, shortly before 842 BC. The stela was erected at Dibân, capital of Moab, par Mesha, son of Kamoshyat, King of Moab." - Louvre " - Louvre

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The Art of Ancient Egypt, Revised by Robins, 272 Pages, Pub. 2008