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Idrimi Lower
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View of the lower portion of the statue of the idrimi, king of Alalakh, seated on his throne that was discovered by Sir Leonard Woolley in the spring of 1939.  It is 41 in. [1.04 m.] high.   A cuneiform inscription, describing the life of Idrimi, is carved on much of the body.

Note the snake on his right side and especially the cuneiform text that covers his garment.

Idrimi was the founder of the kingdom of Mukish and ruled as a vassal to the kingdom of Mitanni during the 15th century B.C.

The statue is on display in the British Museum.

A translation of the 101 line text can be found in:  Oppenheim, A. Leo.  "The Story of Idrimi, King of Alalakh." Pages 557–58 in The Ancient Near East Supplementary Texts and Pictures Relating to the Old Testament. Edited by Pritchard, James B. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1969.