“The Epic Match of Gilgamesh” is considered the oldest piece of literature in the world. Written nearly 4500 years ago on clay tablets in ancient summer, the epic tells the story of a great king named Gilgamesh. One of the main parts of the epic involves a wrestling match between Gilgamesh (on the right above) and Enkidu, a wild man from the forest. They wrestled for hours before the walls of the city of Uruk, where Gilgamesh was the king. Who won is not clear but the two became great friends afterwards. Today, Iraq occupies the land once known as Sumer.
The painting is done by Tadaaki Hatta, NCAA Champion for Oklahoma State University in 1965. The original painting is currently on display at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Click the link below to order your very own print:
The coaching staff would like to thank our friend Tadaaki for the special, signed limited edition print of the full-color artwork. The painting catches everyone’s eye when they walk into the wrestling office.