Erich Lessing

This small statue of an Ammonite king was excavated on the Amman Citadel (see photo of Amman Citadel). An inscription on the statue’s pedestal identifies the figure as “Yarah-azar, son of Zakir, son of Shanib.” The king’s grandfather, Shanib, is probably the Ammonite king “Sanipu” listed on an inscription of the Assyrian emperor Tiglath-pileser III (744–727 B.C.E.).