Manishtushu Obelisk

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Manishtusu obelisk - Louvre Museum
Manishtusu obelisk (detail) - Louvre museum

The Manishtushu Obelisk is a diorite, four-sided stele. The stele is obelisk-shaped, as well as it narrows upward to its (damaged) top, in a pyramidal-form. The obelisk was made by Manishtushu, son of Sargon the Great, of the Akkadian Empire, who ruled circa 2270-2255 BC.

As a spoil of war, the stele was taken to Susa by the Elamite king Shutruk-Nakhunte in the 12th century BC.

Description and purpose[edit]

The Manishtusu Obelisk is 1.4 m tall, and 0.6 m wide[1] on its four sides. It is made of deep black diorite, and incised in Akkadian language cuneiform in horizontal rows on all sides. The cuneiform is written within 1519 boxes, as lined registers. The diorite is from Oman, located to the south, and on clay tablets, Manishtusu recorded: "From mountains beyond the 'lower sea' (Persian Gulf), he took black stones; he loaded [them] on boats and docked [them] on the quay at Akkad. He fashioned his statue [and] dedicated [it] to Enlil.[2]

The obelisk text is a legal record that records the distribution of four parcels of land, in large estates, and its allotment to his officers, for his control of Kish.[3]


  1. ^ Manishtusu Obelisk, Louvre Museum
  2. ^ Manishtusu Obelisk, Louvre
  3. ^ Manishtusu Obelisk, Louvre

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