Relief with Two Heroes

Syrian10th-9th century BC (Neo-Hittite/Hurritic)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This relief decorated the lower course of the exterior wall of the temple palace of King Kapara. Two heroes pin down a bearded foe, while grabbing at his pronged headdress. The context may be related to the Gilgamesh epic, and display Gilgamesh and Enkidu in their fight with Humbaba.


  • Title: Relief with Two Heroes
  • Date Created: 10th-9th century BC (Neo-Hittite/Hurritic)
  • Physical Dimensions: w42 x h63 x d16 cm
  • Type: relief
  • Rights: Museum purchase, 1944
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: basalt
  • Provenance: Max von Oppenheim, 1911-1913 [excavated at the lower course of the exterior wall of the temple-palace of King Kapara in Guzana, Tell Halaf, Syria]; Alien Property Custodian of the United States, 1943; Walters Art Museum, 1944, by purchase.
  • Place of Origin: Tell Halaf (in present-day Syria)
  • ExhibitionHistory: In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001
  • Artist: Syrian

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