A monarch with his foot on the neck of a subdued enemy is a common motif in the ancient near east. An illustration such as this helps us visualize certain Biblical texts.
Here I wish to use an illustration from the Roman world shortly after New Testament times. In the statue below we see the Emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117-138) with his foot on the neck of a subdued enemy.
This statue is displayed in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. It is made of marble and is said to have come from Hierapitna, Crete.
The photo below is a closeup of the captive with the Emperor’s foot on his neck.
In the New Testament, Peter quotes Psalm 110:1 to show that Jesus is now seated on the throne of David at the right hand of God (Acts 2:35).
The apostle Paul understood this. He said of Jesus,
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. (1 Corinthians 15:25 ESV)
The last enemy is death (1 Corinthians 15:26).
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For examples from the Old Testament see here.