- Museum number
Carved limestone ossuary with separate limestone lid; carved, oblong with one ellipsoidal end and flat underside; the rim of the ossuary is plain but the bottom of the lid is revetted in order that it might sit securely on top.
- Production date
Height: 27.50 centimetres (of ossuary)
Length: 49 centimetres (of both ossuary and lid)
Thickness: 2.50 centimetres (of lid)
Width: 32.50 centimetres (of both ossuary and lid)
Volume: 18000 millilitres
- Curator's comments
- The original label and gallery guide information state that that this object was found at Susa but this type of coffin is also known from ancient cemeteries on the Bushire peninsula (e.g., BM 91933). The volume (i.e., capacity) of the present ossuary was measured in October 2012 using inert plastic foam bubbles of the type commonly used in packing. Unlike the second example in the BM collection (BM 91933) it does not have holes drilled through the lid and upper wall.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Babylonian & Assyrian Room, Pier Case D, third shelf and floor.
- Good; complete.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Reference to: Book of Presents in BM Central Archive, 1875-1876, no.1030. Reported to Trustees 21 July 1876, hence formerly labelled as being "Presented by Col. Ross, 1876". According to register this collection was not previously registered but it had been numbered. This object was found marked 75,7,24,R. Guide 1922a, 80 refers to this ossuary being found at Shush (i.e. Susa) but this appears to be in error.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number