Sirenscome from Greek mythology and are beautiful, dangerous women who lures sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on their rocky islands. Normally, sirens are pictured as alluring young women that sometimes have the wings or legs of birds. Some people believe the sirens might be cannibalistic and that they devour the flesh of the sailors they’ve, intentionally or not, killed.
Dates to ca. 1307–1275 B.C., northern Mesopotamia, 54.3 cm long, and made of bronze.
This curved sword bears the cuneiform inscription “Palace of Adad-nirari, king of the universe, son of Arik-den-ili, king of Assyria, son of Enlil-nirari, king of Assyria,” indicating that it was the property of the Middle Assyrian king Adad-nirari I (r. 1307–1275 B.C.).
The inscription appears in three places on the sword: on both sides of the blade and along its (noncutting) edge. Also on both sides of the blade is an engraving of an antelope reclining on some sort of platform.