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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    118362

  • Description

    Fired clay brick with Babylonian inscription giving the names and titles of Cyrus, and the statement that he established peace in the land; 6 ll.

  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC BC
  • Production place

    • Made in: Ur
    • (Asia,Iraq,South Iraq,Ur (city - archaic))
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32.5 centimetres
    • Width: 32 centimetres
    • Thickness: 6 centimetres
    • Length: 32 centimetres
    • Width: 32 centimetres
    • Thickness: 5.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
      • Inscription Position

        stamped on back
      • Inscription Language

        Babylonian
      • Inscription Transliteration

        (1) {1}ku-ra-áš LUGAL ŠÁR LUGAL {kur}aš-ša-an
        (2) DUMU {1}kam-bu-zi-ia
        (3) LUGAL {kur}aš-ša-an
        (4) DINGIR.DINGIR GAL.GAL kal KUR.KUR
        (5) a-na qá-ti-ia SA₅-ma
        (6) KUR šu-ub-ti né-eh-ti ú-še-šib
      • Inscription Translation

        Cyrus, king of the world, king of Anshan, son of Cambyses, king of Anshan. The great gods delivered all the lands into my hand, and I made this land to dwell in peace
      • Inscription Comment

        Cyrus B. Inscription stamped in six lines.
  • Curator's comments

    P – MJ 16, 306 & UET 1, pl. W, 194; C, T & Tr – UET 1, 194; Pr – Ur.

  • Bibliography

    • Walker 1981a 116 bibliographic details
    • Pinder-Wilson 1971a no.19 bibliographic details
    • Gadd & Legrain, UET I no.194 bibliographic details
    • Woolley 1962a pp.7-8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • 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'

    1995-2005 17 Nov-, BM, G52/IRAN/6/8
    1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN/6/8
    1975- c. 1990, Jul-, BM, Iranian Room [IR] case ?, no. 4
    1971, BM, 'Royal Persia: a commemoration of Cyrus the Great and his successors on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire'.
    Persian Room, wall-case [WC] 15, shelf 4.

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1923

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavation season 1922-1923.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    118362

  • Registration number

    1923,1110.221

Clay brick with Babylonian inscription giving the names and titles of Cyrus, and the statement that he established peace in the land; 6 ll.

Clay brick with Babylonian inscription giving the names and titles of Cyrus, and the statement that he established peace in the land; 6 ll.

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