Puzur-Inšušinak, the last king of Akkad? Text and image reconsidered

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Abstract

Susian, Elamite, Awanite, Anšanite? Father Vincent Scheil once described Puzur-Inšušinak as “a kind of Susian Gudea” because of the role he played in Elam and the numerous objects and texts carrying his name . Contrary to his contemporary Gudea, however, the origins and cultural background of Puzur-Inšušinak remain matters of a dynamic scholarly debate. He can be considered the first Elamite king on record to have ruled over Susa, Anšan and much of the Iranian plateau. His conquest and occupation of northern Babylonia, the city of Akkad included, may have lasted for at least eight years, suggesting that in many ways this monarch inherited the imperial aspirations of the house of Sargon. While there is much yet to learn about this enigmatic individual, his artistic accomplishments indicate that he may have sought to claim court-based artistic traditions established by the imperial workshops of the Akkadian monarchs. This paper examines these traditions, seeking to query the multiple identities of this ruler and to offer a resemblant portrait characterized by the harmonization of Akkadian, Post-Akkadian and Elamite traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElam and its neighbours
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2016 international congress held at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Place of PublicationHildesheim, Germany
PublisherVerlag Franzbecker
Pages1-29
Number of pages29
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019
EventElam and its Neighbors: Recent Research and New Perspectives - Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Duration: 21 Sep 201623 Sep 2016

Conference

ConferenceElam and its Neighbors
CountryGermany
CityMainz
Period21/09/1623/09/16

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    Alvarez-Mon, J. (Accepted/In press). Puzur-Inšušinak, the last king of Akkad? Text and image reconsidered. In Elam and its neighbours: proceedings of the 2016 international congress held at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (pp. 1-29). Hildesheim, Germany: Verlag Franzbecker.