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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    41462

  • Description

    Clay cuneiform tablet. Astronomical Diary.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 164BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12 centimetres
    • Width: 10 centimetres
    • Thickness: 4 centimetres
    • Weight: 511 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
  • Curator's comments

    LBAT 380+920; Walker, Halley's Comet 21-27; Sachs-Hunger, Astronomical Diaries 3, no -163 B; Stephenson, HEER, 108-10 (fig 4.4), 170

  • Bibliography

    • Curtis 2000b p.14 (reference to) bibliographic details
    • Hunger H et al 1985 pp.21-27 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2008-2009 23 Oct-19 Apr, Dresden, Leiter des Heimat und Palitzmuseums, 'Comets'

    2008 26 Jun-5 Oct, Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum-Pergamonmuseum, 'Babylon, Myth and Truth'.

    2008-2009 23 Oct-19 Apr, Dresden, Leiter des Heimat-und Palitzmuseums, 'Comets'.

    2006 13 Apr-Dec, BM, G2/169/6.

    G52/IRAN/25, from official opening 17/11/95 until 15/12/05.

    1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN/25.

    1990 6 May-9 Dec, Austria, Linz, Oberösterreichische Landesmuseen, 'Mensch und Kosmos'

  • Condition

    Baked 25/09/1980

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1881

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    41462

  • Registration number

    1881,0625.73

  • Joined objects

Clay tablet; Babylonian astronomical diary for the second half of year 148 of the Seleucid Era (=164-163 BC), including observation of Halley's comet in 164 BC; the text states that the comet which had previously been seen in the east in the path of Anu in the area of Pleiades and Taurus, now "passed along in the path of Ea." The date of first visibility according to modern calculations can be dated to about 22nd-28th September 164BC; inscribed on both faces

Obverse

Clay tablet; Babylonian astronomical diary for the second half of year 148 of the Seleucid Era (=164-163 BC), including observation of Halley's comet in 164 BC; the text states that the comet which had previously been seen in the east in the path of Anu in the area of Pleiades and Taurus, now "passed along in the path of Ea." The date of first visibility according to modern calculations can be dated to about 22nd-28th September 164BC; inscribed on both faces

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