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Waxed ivory writing tablet: one of a set of sixteen writing tablets hinged together as a folding set. It is scored on the back and front to receive the wax surface, which would have been inscribed in cuneiform with a stylus.
- Production date
Height: 34 centimetres
Thickness: 15 centimetres
Width: 16 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- In set with 1960,1115.2 (BM.131953).
One of the set of 16 is incised on the outside with an inscription indicating that the set had contained a part of the astronomical omen series Enuna Anu Enlil and had originally been intended for the palace of Sargon II at Khorsabad.
M. Howard, ‘Technical description of the ivory writing-boards from Nimrud’. ‘Iraq’ 17 (London, 1955), 14-20;
D. J. Wiseman, ‘Assyrian writing-boards’. ‘Iraq’ 17 (London, 1955), 3-13.
- On display (G30/dc20e)
- Exhibition history
2018-2019 8 Nov-24 Feb, London, BM, I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria
2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'
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
- BM/Big number
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- Additional IDs
Excavation/small finds number: ND 3566 (excavation number)