- Museum number
Object: The Taylor Prism
Object: The Sennacherib Prism
Series: Library of Ashurbanipal
Hexagonal clay prism, foundation record lists campaigns of Sennacherib until the start of his final war against Babylon, and includes a description of the tribute received from Hezekiah, King of Judah in 701 BC; 82 + 83 + 82 + 80 + 85 + 75 lines of inscription.
- Production date
Height: 38.10 centimetres
Width: 8.57 centimetres (faces)
Width: 16.51 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- This object is often known as the Taylor Prism after a previous owner, Colonel R. Taylor.
It has been on almost continuous display since entering the British Museum in 1855 and has been repeatedly illustrated; it features as No. 5 in a previously issued series of postcards captioned "Assyrian monuments bearing on Bible history in the British Museum".
This object was moulded for casting by Mr Prescott between 2/2/65 and 6/5/65 (Objects to Lab, 6 May 1958-31 December 1970). Prior to that it was re-fired on 28th September 1964.
- On display (G55/dc3)
- Exhibition history
2001 11 Jun-16 Sep, Leeds, Henri Moore Foundation, 'The Sculpted Word'
1995-1996 22 Nov-29 Feb, Germany, Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg, 'Die Reise nach Jerusalem'
1993 29 Mar-14 Jun, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Ulster Museum, 'Reverend Edward Hincks D.D. 1792-1866'
1992-1993 21 Sep-29 Mar, Northern Ireland, Downpatrick, Down County Museum, 'Reverend Edward Hincks D.D. 1792-1866'
1990s BM, G55/Later Mesopotamia, case 11
BM, Babylonian Room, Table-case H
BM, Room of Writing
BM, Assyrian Room, centre case
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Said to have been found at Nebi Yunus and purchased by Colonel R. Taylor in 1830. Purchased from Taylor's widow via Rawlinson in 1855.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 12174