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Ancient Mesopotamia
Assyria Nineveh
Arslan Tash Til Barsip
Iran Palace of Darius
Phoenicia Arabia Palmyra
Syrian coast
Ougarit Byblos

Painting of the Organiser
of the Sacrifice
AO 19825
 Richelieu room 3
This wall painting comes from
the Palace of Mari.
The fragment belongs to
a large composition painted
on white plaster and spread
over three registers.

 Painting of the Organiser of the Sacrifice, Palace of Mari

Here, the figure, whose large size and elaborate attire designate the king, is walking at the head of a procession leading an adorned bull. It perhaps depicts a sacrifice accompanying a royal investiture ceremony.
In the religious texts of the Bible, the bull is the animal that is sacrificed on auspicious occasions (Leviticus 4:3, 13). For Christians, it also symbolises the unique, spotless sacrifice that Christ offered, the only sacrifice appropriate for the sins of humanity. - Hebrews 9:12.


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