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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    47134

  • Description

    Clay tablet. This fragment and BM 47176 are two non-joining and widely separated fragments from a single large Late Babylonian tablet. Fine quality literary Late Babylonian script; every line ruled. One-line colophon, mentioning the scribe’s name, Qishti-Marduk or Iqish-Marduk.

  • Authority

  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2.7 centimetres ((max))
    • Width: 4.1 centimetres ((max))
    • Thickness: 2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
  • Curator's comments

    Text duplicates lines 1-2; 42-45 of the Cyrus Cylinder.

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2013 27 Sept-early Dec, Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, 'Cyrus Cylinder'
    2013 9 Aug-20 Sept, San Francisco, Asian Arts Museum, 'Cyrus Cylinder'
    2013 21 June-2 Aug, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Cyrus Cylinder'
    2013 3 May-14 June, Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, 'Cyrus Cylinder'
    2013 15 Mar-26 Apr, Washington, Freer Sackler Gallery, 'Cyrus Cylinder'

    2010-2011 12 Sept-12 Jan, Tehran, National Museum of Iran, 'The Cyrus Cylinder'.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    3 September 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Assess for loan consolidate as required

    Condition

    Unfired fragment stable

    Treatment details

    no work carried out

    About these records 

  • Acquisition date

    1881

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    47134

  • Registration number

    1881,0830.656

Clay tablet. This fragment and BM 47176 are two non-joining and widely separated fragments from a single large Late Babylonian tablet. Fine quality literary Late Babylonian script; every line ruled.  One-line colophon, mentioning the scribe’s name, Qishti-Marduk or Iqish-Marduk.

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