Indilimma

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Indilimma
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Indilimma's son Maratewari (left) receiving an ankh from a Yamhadite god
King of Ebla
Reignaround 1600 BCE
Successoroffice abolished
IssueMaratewari

Indilimma, previously read Indilimgur,[1] was likely the last king of Ebla, in modern Syria, reigning around 1600 BCE.

Reign[edit]

Indilimma is mainly known from several jars bearing the impression of a cylinder seal of his son, the crown prince Maratewari.[1] The seal impressions are of high quality and shows inspirations from the art of the kingdom of Yamhad. On the seals, Indilimma's son is depicted while receiving life (in the form of an ancient Egyptian ankh symbol) by the Yamhadite deities Hadad and Hebat.[2]
The fact that these jars were found within the archaeological context of the final destruction of Ebla, occurred around 1600 BCE by the hands of the Hittite king Mursili I, suggested that Maratewari had no time to become king and that his father Indilimma was indeed the last ruler of palaeosyrian Ebla.[1]

Indilimma's name also appears on a legal document found in the western palace at Ebla.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Matthiae, Paolo (2010). Ebla. La città del trono (in Italian). Einaudi. pp. 218–19. ISBN 978-88-06-20258-3.
  2. ^ Matthiae (2010), pp. 318-19

Further reading[edit]

  • Archi, Alfonso (2015). "A Royal Seal from Ebla (17th cent. B.C.) with Hittite Hieroglyphic Symbols". Orientalia. 84 (1): 18–28.