The Stele of Vultures is an ancient limestone carving, consisting of seven fragments found in what is now Southern Iraq in the 1880s.
“A long inscription in the Sumerian language tells of the recurrent conflict between the neighboring city-states of Lagash and Umma and of the victory of Eannatum, king of Lagash. His triumph is depicted in a wealth of detail in the remarkable reliefs covering the two faces of the stele.” – Louvre Museum, Dept of Near East Antiquities
This stele – believed to be the oldest known historical document – represents “Endurance” to me. On a recent visit to the Louvre, I decided to visit the Department of Near East Antiquities with its priceless representations of the Dawn of Civilization and this sculpture was the first to greet my eyes. Perhaps “antiquity” is synonymous with “endurance.” What do you think?