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Closeup of supplicant, and Price Ushankhuru.

The Victory stele of Esarhaddon over Taharqa-671 BC commemmorates the return of Esarhaddon after his army's 2nd battle and victory over Pharaoh Taharqa in northern ancient Egypt.

The prior battle of 674 BC was won by Taharqa after confronting Esarhaddon after his initial foray into the Levant; Esarhaddon then entered northern Egypt but was repulsed by Taharqa's forces.

The second battle of 671 BC saw Taharqa retreat with his army to Memphismarker; Memphis was taken with Taharqa then fleeing to Kush. With Esarhaddon's victory he: "slaughtered the villagers and 'erected piles of their heads', " As Esarhaddon wrote later:
"His queen, his harem, [Prince] Ushankhuru his heir, and the rest of his sons and daughters, his property and his goods, his horses, his cattle, his sheep in countless numbers, I carried off to Assyria. The root of Kush I tore up out of Egyptmarker."


Close-up of Prince Ushankhurun.
The stele shows Esarhaddon standing on the left in an honorific pose. He is holding a mace club in his left hand, arm at his side. His right hand is addressing the gods. Cuneiform script covers the entire medium bas relief scene.

The attendant before his may be Ba'lu(?) Between the two kneeling is Prince Ushankhuru with a rope tied around his neck.


  1. Black Pharaohs, National Geographic Magazine, February, 2008, p. 58.
  2. Black Pharaohs, p. 58.

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