Examining the Jehu Panel
1. It reveals how King Jehu paid tribute to Shalmaneser III.
2. King Jehu grovels in the dust before the Assyrian king.
3. Shalmaneser is making a libation to his god.
4. Behind Shalmaneser III stand two officers, one holds a parasol (a royal umbrella) and the other a club.
5. Opposite the monarch two grooms-in-waiting have taken up their stance, one waves a fan and a censer, the other, carrying a scepter under his arm, has his hands respectfully clasped in front of him.
6. There is a bearded officer with an attendant, leading a procession of 13 Israelites laden with precious gifts for the Assyrian king.
7. All the Israelites have beards, and wear peaked caps and bandeaux. A long robe with fringes round the hem and a girdle, a long cloak with a fringed end thrown over the shoulder, and pointed shoes.
8. Shalmaneser beneath a parasol, accepts "the tribute of Iaua of the House of Humri" in 841 BC. This is King Jehu of Israel (2Ki 9-10).
9. The inscription reads: "The tribute of Jehu, son of Omri: I received from him silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase with pointed bottom, golden tumblers, golden buckets, tin, a staff for a king [and] spears."
10. The symbols of the gods Assur (winged sun disc) and Ishtar (star) hover overhead.
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