- Museum number
- Series: Library of Ashurbanipal
Fragment of a clay boss: with inscription in cuneiform. It will have been fixed to the wall by a peg passing through a central hole and secured with resin which has left dark traces on the surface.
- Production date
Diameter: 12 centimetres (when whole)
Height: 6 centimetres (when whole)
Length: 8.25 centimetres
Width: 6.98 centimetres
- Inscription subject
- Curator's comments
- This boss was probably placed with many others like it on the exterior walls of the Temple of Ishtar at Nineveh. The use of terracotta pegs and bosses inscribed with a king's name and inserted in temple walls was a tradition which went back over 2,000 years in Mesopotamia.
Joined to 1856,0909.136.
A. K. Grayson, ‘Assyrian Royal Inscriptions’, vol. II (Wiesbaden, 1976), 189.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008-2009 21 Sept-4 Jan, Boston, MFA, 'Art and Empire'
2007 2 Apr-30 Sept, Alicante, MARQ Museum, 'Art and Empire'
2006 1 Jul-7 Oct, Shanghai Museum, 'Art and Empire'
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- Registration number
- Joined objects
Joined Tablet Group: G14320 (3 objects)