Library of Ashurbanipal
- Library of Ashurbanipal
Fragment of a circular clay tablet with depictions of constellations (planisphere). Neo-Assyrian. The reverse is uninscribed. Section of a sphere or instrument for astrological calculations. The flat side is inscribed with mathematical figures and descrip
- Excavated/Findspot: Kouyunjik
- (Asia,Iraq,North Iraq,Kouyunjik (Nineveh))
- Diameter: 14.1 centimetres (maximum)
- Thickness: 3.2 centimetres
For comment on the interpretation of the text and identification of the constellations see Koch 1989. Celestial planisphere; in this stylised map the sky has been divided into eight sections. It represents the night sky of 3-4 January 650 BC over Nineveh. The rectangular shape at the top has been identified as the constellation known today as Gemini and the stars contained with an oval shape are the Pleiades. The two triangles in the lower right mark the bright stars of Pegasus.
On display: G55/dc8
2009-2010 Oct 25-Jan 24, Germany, Oldenburg, Landesmuseum fur Natur und Mensch, 'Ex Oriente Lux?'
2009 March 12-August 30, Italy, Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, 'Galileo: Images of the Universe from Antiquity to the Telescope'
1999 1 Dec-2000 24 Sep, London, The Queen’s House, The Story of Time
Heavily restored with plaster.
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Object reference number: WCT11867
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