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Library of Ashurbanipal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    K.160

  • Title (series)

    • Library of Ashurbanipal
  • Description

    Upper part of a clay tablet, 3 pieces, beginning of obverse and the end of reverse are wanting, astrological forecasts, a copy of the so-called Venus Tablet of Ammisaduqa, Neo-Assyrian.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 17.14 centimetres
    • Width: 9.2 centimetres
    • Thickness: 2.22 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Comment

        44 lines with neat Assyrian characters, which are, however, partly mutilated and partly obliterated.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Comment

        46 lines with neat Assyrian characters, which are, however, partly mutilated and partly obliterated.
  • Curator's comments

    Cf. Lenormant, F., 1875. ‘La divination et la science des preśages chez les Chaldéens’. Paris : Maisonneuve, p. 21 f., n. 4; and 'Guide to the Kouyunjik Gallery' (1885), p. 153, No. 41.

  • Bibliography

    • Rawlinson H C & Smith G 1870a 63 bibliographic details
    • Sayce 1893 p.316 ff bibliographic details
    • Bezold 1889a p.42 bibliographic details
    • Bosanquet & Sayce 1880 p.566 ff bibliographic details
    • CDLI P393774 (http://cdli.ucla.edu/P393774) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G55/dc8

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2009 March 12-August 30, Italy, Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, 'Galileo: Images of the Universe from Antiquity to the Telescope'
    1999 14 Nov-2000 20 Feb, Switzerland, Zurich, The Museum Rietberg, Oracle – Looking into the Future
    1990 6 May-9 Dec, Austria, Linz, Oberösterreichische Landesmuseen, Mensch und Kosmos

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    K.160

Upper part of a clay tablet, 3 pieces, Neo-Assyrian. A copy of the so-called venus Tablet of Ammisaduqa.

Upper part of a clay tablet, 3 pieces, Neo-Assyrian. A copy of the so-called venus Tablet of Ammisaduqa.

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